Project profile — Lifting Healthy, Empowered and Protected Girls and Women in Cox’s Bazar (LEAP)



Overview 

CA-3-P010745001
$6,500,000
Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2022-03-30 - 2025-03-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)

Sector 

• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth (11231) (24.51%)
• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (14.73%)
• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (10.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (24.01%)
• Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions:
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (13.25%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (13.50%)

Policy marker 

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

Description 

This project aims to advance the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescent girls and young women in Cox's Bazar host communities and refugee camps. Project activities include: (1) organizing young married women’s groups and training them on gender equality and inclusion, SRHR, mental health support, protection and decision-making; (2) training members of men’s clubs on gender equality and inclusion, SRHR, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and mental health; (3) training facility and community-based service providers on gender- and adolescent-responsive and inclusive service delivery and referral on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), SGBV and mental health; (4) refurbishing and equipping government and partner health care facilities and supplying them with job aids and logistics to provide gender- and adolescent-responsive and inclusive SRH, SGBV and mental health support services; and (5) identifying, local women’s rights organizations and linking them with local young women’s groups and adolescent girls’ groups for collective local action on gender equality, SGBV, SRHR, mental health and harmful traditional practices. LEAP targets marginalized groups in Rohingya camps and host communities facing multifaceted dimensions of exclusion. LEAP aims to directly reach more than 79,000 people, including 49,873 women and girls, in four unions (the lowest administrative unit) in Ukhiya and Teknaf subdistricts, seven unions in Ramu subdistrict, eight unions in Cox’s Bazar Sadar subdistrict and two Rohingya refugee camps (for 7,000 of these women and girls).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved individual and collective agency and resilience of adolescent girls and young women to exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); (2) strengthened health systems to provide gender- and adolescent-responsive and inclusive SRH, SGBV and mental health and psychosocial support services to adolescents and young people, particularly girls and young women in Cox’s Bazaar; and (3) enhanced capacity of local stakeholders to advocate for evidence-based and accountable gender- and adolescent- responsive and inclusive SRH and SGBV services and policies.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) the project reached 21,040 people to prevent, respond to and end sexual and gender-based violence, including child, early and forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation; (2) 13,431 people received sexual and reproductive health services, including modern methods of contraception; (3) 5,200 adolescents (2,560 girls and 2640 boys aged 10 to 19), 520 groups of young married women, 420 local women power holders and 520 men’s clubs trained and mentored through “Champion of Change” program on life skills, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV). 436 religious leaders received a 2-day training on Gender Equality (GE), SRHR, and SGBV backed by religious references; (4) trained 83 facility and community-based service providers (49 women and 34 men) on Gender and Adolescent Responsive and Inclusive (GARI) service delivery, referral on SRHR and SGBV, mental health and psychosocial support services. Also trained 62 SGBV case workers on GARI, SGBV response including case management, Policy Support System (PSS), referrals and Gender-Based Violence Information Management System. Case management workers managed 217 cases; (5) trained 225 Clinic and Facility Management Committee members in 18 rural villages on leadership, action planning, GE, SRHR, SGBV and mental health and psychosocial support; (6) developed advocacy action plans for 4 women’s rights organizations; and (7) trained 4 youth-led organizations on evidence-based advocacy.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transactions
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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