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Bangladesh Government Honors 11 Women Dedicated to Protecting Human Rights

Eleven women working with Plan International in Bangladesh were recently recognized for their dedication to the fight against domestic violence.

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They were honored as Joyeeta for their sustained work through the Protecting Human Rights (PHR) project. Joyeeta, which means “one who has achieved victory,” is awarded each year by Bangladeshi Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs for outstanding contributions to women’s social, political, and economic empowerment, on the occasion of Begum Rokeya Day. Begum Rokeya is widely recognized as a pioneer for women’s empowerment in Bangladesh.

Each of the 11 women, from four regions of Bangladesh, made a strong contribution to the fight against domestic violence in her community. Two were survivors of domestic violence who stood against tradition and asserted the right of women to be free of this type of abuse. Four were social workers supported by PHR, community volunteers who support and encourage survivors through legal processes and difficult life decisions. The other five were members of local and regional-level PHR-initiated groups, which bring together government officials and civil society leaders. They work to change people’s attitudes about domestic violence and child marriage and lead local initiatives to combat these phenomena.

Plan and the PHR project are proud to celebrate the achievements of these brave women. PHR is a five-year program aimed at reducing the high prevalence of domestic violence, child marriage, and other related human rights violations in Bangladesh. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (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 102 unions under six districts across the country.

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