Gender based abuse and discrimination in Bangladesh encompass a wide range of human rights violations, including domestic violence, sexual abuse and harassment, rape, discrimination in the workplace, and harmful traditional practices. In fact half of all women in Bangladesh still suffer from domestic violence at the hands of husbands, in-laws, boyfriends or other family members, which in extreme cases result in permanent damage or death.
In this context, Plan International Bangladesh is implementing “Protecting Human Rights (PHR) is a five-year program to reduce the high prevalence of domestic violence and other related human rights violations in Bangladesh. Funded by USAID, the program is being implemented by Plan International Bangladesh in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) and 11 local NGOs (In Bogra GBS & Bogra YMCA is the implementing partner of PHR) in 102 unions of 8 upazilas under 6 districts. Primarily The duration of the program is from March 2011 to March 2016.
· Conduct advocacy for adoption and enforcement of key Domestic Violence (DV) and Human Rights (HR) legislation and policies;
· Improve mutual understanding and effectiveness among key-actors involved in combating DV and strengthening other interwoven HR issues;
· Increase willingness of survivors to check and access to justice through formal and informal justice system;
· Expand immediate and longer support to survivors of DV; and
· Raise awareness on DV and related HR issues at national and local level.
The following strategy needs to implement the program in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.