The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) is as good a time as any to acknowledge that access to justice remains a distant dream for most survivors in Bangladesh, and many other parts of the world. While Bangladesh’s progress against certain socio-economic indices has led it to being dubbed as a development miracle, gaps in our justice institutions remain.
BRAC, in partnership with The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), installed bright yellow posters inside buses so that they would be visible when harassment actually occurs. Here is what we unpacked from that experiment.
This week, we take a moment to pay homage to motherhood. We acknowledge the unique challenges mothers are experiencing due to the pandemic and express our gratitude for the unconditional love and care they continue to bestow.
As vaccinations are distributed globally and schools closed for months start planning to open, questions are being raised about what changes we need to our education system in a post-pandemic world. We have a unique chance to shape our curriculum and teaching and learning methods now for when we reopen, and climate change, diversity and gender equality are challenges that should be high on that priority list. Three schools in Bangladesh were globally recognised for their work in these areas in 2019; this blog takes a closer look at them.
The COVID-19 pandemic meant that a lot of work had to be done at the community level. Fahima Akter*, working as a credit officer at BRAC Microfinance, took on the challenge head on. She travelled across Bangladesh, helping families through their financial crises, and providing life-saving information. The inevitable exhaustion that the world had been experiencing throughout most of 2020 was catching up to Fahima.
Many women in Bangladesh woke up this morning, draped a saree and went about their day. For women living in rural areas, the saree was likely worn as an everyday item of dress, and for women living in urban areas, the saree could have been worn to a special occasion for International Women’s Day. Today, we share the story of one of the women behind those sarees.