Project profile — Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Bangladesh


UN Women (41146)
2018-03-20 - 2023-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to strengthen Bangladesh’s capacity to both reduce actual violence against women and girls and the widespread acceptance of violence against women in Bangladesh. It provides women with tools to improve their own safety, in public, at home, and at work and at the same time it works with public and private institutions to implement policies to prevent violence against women. The project collaborates with families and communities to create more gender equitable roles and relations inside households. It also supports and reinforces Bangladesh’s own policies and regulations concerning violence against women and generates knowledge and capacity that contribute to more effective prevention of gender-based violence by government and civil society.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) national and local laws and policies to prevent violence against women are strengthened, if needed, and implemented; (2) favourable social norms, attitudes and behaviours are promoted to prevent violence against women and enhance women’s economic empowerment; and (3) policy and programming is increasingly informed by an expanded knowledge base on effective approaches to prevent violence against women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) potential institutional partners in the districts of Bogura, Comilla, and Patuakhali were identified for implementing measures and policies to prevent violence against women, such as the High Court Directive to Prevent Sexual Harassment; (2) an agreement was made with key civil society partners on the way forward to strengthen joint advocacy on violence related legislation; (3) a community-based intervention for behavioural change was designed, and a baseline for conducting qualitative and quantitative research on the types, factors, and drivers of violence against women in the districts of Bogura, Comilla, and Patuakhali was established; (4) a joint awareness-raising event held with civil society reached 400 people and resulted in stronger coordination on advocacy with civil society. In partnership with prominent national NGOs, the project supported a 16-day radio program to amplify the voices of women and girls in Bangladesh who have survived violence or who strive to defend women’s rights, promote positive masculinity and unlearn fixed gender roles; and the launch and disseminated the “National Action Plan to Prevent Violence against Women and Children 2018-2023” among stakeholders and civil society. The project was also successful in ensuring that prevention, behaviour change and addressing gender social norms were adequately incorporated into the National Plan.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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