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Bangladesh: Protecting Human Rights

Donor: USAID
Grant Amount: $13,962,795
Project Dates: March 2011 to March 2016
Technical Areas Covered: Gender Based Violence; Human Rights; Domestic Violence; Child Marriage; Trafficking; Protection.


Project Summary:

Protecting Human Rights (PHR) is a five year human rights activity project, funded by USAID. Plan shall work with its partners: Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association and International Center for Research on Women. In addition Plan will work with 20 local NGOs in the delivery of survivor support services to victims of domestic violence. Many of the activities of this project will be national in scope such as advocacy, capacity building, and education. It will focus service delivery and its related Service Improvement Plan small grants component in 102 unions of 8 Upazilas within the 6 districts found in Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet and Chittagong divisions.

The goal of PHR is to reduce the high prevalence of domestic violence and other related human rights violations (including, but not limited to, child marriage, anti-stalking, dowry, physical humiliation, torture, trafficking, rape, and child abduction). To achieve this goal, PHR will engage in an array of activities that will encourage policy reform and advocacy, enhance public awareness, and increase public dialogue between the government and civil society on issues of domestic violence and other associated human rights abuses. Interventions under PHR will: 1) advocate for the Government of Bangladesh to adopt and enforce comprehensive women‘s rights and domestic violence policies that includes legislation as the Domestic Violence Bill; 2) ensure that survivors of domestic violence and other related human rights abuses have greater access to justice; 3) increase the awareness and capacity of communities throughout Bangladesh to reduce domestic violence.

PHR represents a renewed and expanded effort of the USAID/Bangladesh Mission‘s earlier successful program entitled Bangladesh Human Rights Advocacy Program (BHRAP). PHR will complement existing U.S. government‘s interagency efforts to advance human rights, support adoption and enforcement of women‘s rights legislation and reform, and increase human rights education and awareness.