Human rights

April 29, 2021

How BRAC’s barefoot lawyers are supporting women in Bangladesh to raise their voices

A 2015 survey found that over half of the married women and girls in Bangladesh had suffered some form of abuse. Less than 3% of these survivors took legal action. Seeking justice without basic knowledge of the legal system is difficult, particularly for women from low-income families. How is BRAC helping to change that? Through barefoot lawyers.
April 18, 2021

Child marriage in Bangladesh: Does a vacuum exist within the law?

Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of child marriages in South Asia. Currently, there are 38 million girls who were married before their 18th birthday in Bangladesh. 13 million of those girls were married before the age of 15.
April 8, 2021

Walking through the remains of the Balukhali Rohingya camp

When a massive fire gutted several Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on 22 March, more than 45,000 people were displaced, and all facilities were destroyed. What is it like to walk through the camp when most things are in ashes? Alal Ahmed shows us.
December 11, 2020

A study on accessible healthcare in Bangladesh: Challenges to overcome

An estimated 1.8 million people in Bangladesh have at least one type of disability, and they remain invisible and excluded from mainstream society, with greater unmet healthcare needs.
December 10, 2020

30 ways BRAC prevents violence against women and children in Bangladesh

Violence against women and children is rising. Child marriage is rising. Child brides are at even higher risk of violence, putting girls across the world in danger. As the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence close for 2019, let all us pledge to build a better world for girls and women. Here is a snapshot of what BRAC is doing.
June 29, 2020

COVID-19 will change many women’s lives forever in Bangladesh

As countries globally struggle to cope with COVID-19, we are bombarded with news about flailing healthcare, shrinking economies, and diverse measures to contain the virus. What is rarely making it to the news, however, are the various and complex ways that 2020 is changing women’s lives.
May 27, 2020

Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise: The double challenge of accessing justice during a pandemic

Access to justice has long been a challenge in Bangladesh, particularly for women facing violence. Violence is always heavily under reported, but with lockdown due to COVID-19 women are even more restricted in terms of escaping, reporting and accessing support in cases of violence. Meanwhile, BRAC’s data shows violence against women has increased alarmingly compared to the same period last year. Virtual courts offer new hope in transparency, efficiency and speed.
April 24, 2020

Hope for a renewed fashion industry as we remember Rana Plaza during COVID-19

Seven years on from Rana Plaza, Bangladesh's garment sector faces unprecedented challenges that will fiercely test its resilience. Can COVID-19 serve as a catalyst for a more responsible fashion industry?
March 4, 2020

Untouchables and the other: Is there any hope for those living in the margins?

Leaving an entire community behind, slows down the development of a whole nation. We claim equal rights through our constitution - but is it enough?
December 17, 2019

Of painful homecomings: What’s behind an unsuccessful migration?

“May I get some water?” These were the first words the man uttered. He let out a few sobs as he stepped out of terminal two of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
December 10, 2019

Will we see the end of sexual harassment?

Bangladesh has achieved tremendous success in women’s empowerment in the last decade. But the prevalence of sexual harassment in public places is still high.
December 5, 2019

A person you know is raped. Do you know what to do?

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