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Bangladesh: Protecting Human Rights

The Protecting Human Rights (PHR) project is a five-year domestic violence prevention and protection program in Bangladesh, implemented by Plan International across the country, focusing on 102 unions and eight upazilas of six districts: Barguna, Bogra, Chittagong, Dinajpur, Jessore, and Sylhet. The project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to reduce domestic violence and related human rights abuses in Bangladesh. To implement the program, PHR works in partnership with the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) and 11 local organizations at the district, upazila, and union levels.

Project Start Date
March 2011
Project End Date
March 2017
Technical Areas Covered
Gender-Based Violence; Human Rights; Domestic Violence; Child Marriage; Trafficking; Protection

In order to achieve its goal of reducing domestic violence and other human rights abuses in targeted areas, PHR is designed around USAID’s four relevant Intermediate Results (IRs): IR 1: Key Domestic Violence (DV) and Human Rights (HR) Legislation and Policies Enforced; IR 2: Increased Use of Formal and Informal Justice Systems by HR Survivors; IR 3: Increased Support Services to HR Abuse Survivors; and IR 4: Public Awareness on HR Issues Improved.

Project Materials

Each of these intermediate results is linked to five major program areas: 1) advocacy of legislative reform and enforcement to reduce domestic violence; 2) capacity building of key stakeholders involved with the protection and promotion of human rights; 3) increasing access to justice for survivors of human rights abuses; 4) providing survivor services for victims of domestic violence and human rights abuses; and 5) building mass awareness and implementing educational campaigns on domestic violence and other human rights abuses.



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