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`All media houses should have gender policy, but it does have of few media houses only’, said Mr. Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, President of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) at a seminar held on 30th of January 2017 at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka.more>>
Ahead of the 20th triennial national council of Bangladesh Awami League, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) renews the call for incorporating more women in party’s committees to progressively realize the RPO (The Representation of the People Order) provision directive to incorporate women members in all level of decision making bodies in political parties.more>>
BNPS has been awarded a project name Organizing Theatrical Performances and Community Meeting by UN Women to stage docudrama SAAT (Seven) in Netrakona. UN Women has been working on preventing sexual harassment. As part of this effort, the project is to contribute to the prevention of violence against women and girls in Bangladesh.more>>
A press conference was organized by BNPS for demanding specific allocation in the National Budget 2016-17 for proper implementation of National Plan of Action taken to implement the National Women Development Policy 2011 and quality education. Ms. Rokeya Kabir, the Executive Director of BNPS presided over the event held on 27 April 2016 in the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club.more>>
BNPS organized a convention through its Safe School Safe Community project at Public Hall Auditorium, Netrakona on 22 August 2015 with the participation of civil society, local administration, teachers, students, SMC members from schools and community membersmore>>
The speakers of a sharing meeting on “Safe School Safe Community to End Violence against Women” demand this to make schools and community safe for women and girls. They also urged to ensure it through proper monitoring by both education department of Bangladesh government and community. Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organized this meeting on 9 June 2015 at VIP Lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka. more>>
Netrakona district is full of haors and very much prone to disaster risks and Mohanganj is one of the most vulnerable upazilas of the district. About 7 months a year the haors remain under water and rest 5 months the areas become dry low land. These 2 opposite situations create huge obstacles for the inhabitants of the area. Flash flood, untimely flood, drought affects heavily. The transport and communication system is fully dependent on seasons, during water boats and during season on foot. more>>
After long break of 13 years the City Corporation Election was held on 28 April 2015 for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election was also held on the same date. It may be mentioned that the last election for Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) was held on 25 April, 2002 and CCC on 17 June 2010. DCC was divided into 2 parts on 30 November 2011 in DNCC and DSCC. After dividation this is the first city corporation election.more>>
Women’s Unpaid Household Works should be recognized and included in GDP – the speakers placed the demand in a seminar on “Reproductive Role and Women” on 14 May 2015 at VIP Lounge of national Press Club organized by Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS). Special guest of the program honorable MP Mahbub Ara Begum Gini, Whip of the Parliament of Bangladesh emphasized on the fighting spirit of women to achieve their rights. more>>
The Election Commission (EC) Bangladesh asked the home ministry on April 21 to ensure safe voting environment for women, minority communities and the poor during the forthcoming city corporation election. It was a positive response of EC of a memorandum submitted by Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) earlier for creating safe environment for women, minority community and poor citizens.more>>
3 A five member’s team of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS), led by its Executive Director Ms. Rokeya Kabir, has met the Chief Election Commission (CEC) on 13 April, 2015. The BNPS representative team has submitted a memorandum to CEC to ensure an environment free from all types of fear and violence so that women, marginalized and poor people can cast their votes freely, and the candidates can run their campaign for the upcoming City Corporation Election which is going to be held on April 28, 2015 at Dhaka (North and South) and Chittagong megacity. more>>
3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organized a Seminar on “National Budget 2015-16: Expectations of Women,” which was held on 31 March 2015 at the VIP Lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka. This seminar was chaired by BNPS Executive Director Rokeya Kabir. Former Senior Research Fellow of BIDS Dr. Pratima Paul-Majumder presented the keynote paper. Dr. Saima Haq Bidisha, Associate Professor of the Department of Economics of Dhaka University, Tapati Saha, Coordinator, Women’s Economic Empowerment program, UN women and Salma Khan, Former Chairperson of CEDAW committee were the panel discussants. more>>
3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organized a 3-days long training course for the capacity development of women members of CHT Women Activist Forum on “Gender, Advocacy, Leadership and Customary Laws” at Dhaka on 22 – 24 March, 2015. 25 women members took part in the training course. Participants have obtained clear concept on Gender, Advocacy, Leadership and Customary Laws through this training. more>>
3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) has celebrated International Women’s Day 2015 on the theme “Equal Rights of Women, Minorities and Marginal Communities is one of the main conditions of the spirit of liberation war and democracy”. In this regard, BNPS was conducted a day-long colorful program including one and half thousands of grassroots women gathering, rally, entrepreneurship fair, art competition and cultural activities with grassroots women, youth, male and other civil society members. more>>
3 This year the global campaign has chosen the theme for the campaign as “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” for ending Violence against Women and Girls”. In this regard, BNPS has been designed a bunch of awareness and campaign activities throughout the 16 days by involving their women groups and other relevant stakeholders in their localities. The emphasis of the 2014 call for action is on the engagement of the community and the individual, and their participation in efforts to end violence against women and girls, emphasizing the fact that everyone in society has a role to play.more>>
3 SRHR Education is a campaign-based program implementing by a consortium including BNPS, BRAC, CAMPE, FPAB, and HASAB through technical and financial support by OXFAM Novib. The program aims is that adolescents in Bangladesh have adequate skills and information to exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and make free and informed decisions in an enabling and safe environment, so that they suffer less from major sexual and reproductive health hazards. more>>
3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) and Progressive jointly organized a seminar on “Violence against Ethnic Women in Family, Society and Customary law” on 10 December 2014 at Ashika Auditorium of Rangamati. The seminar was presided over by Sucharita Chakma, the Executive Director of Progressive, honorable MP of the constituency Ushaton Talukdar was present in the seminar as Chief Guest, and Prokriti Ranjan Chakma was the special guest. more>>
3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organized an opinion sharing meeting on ‘Rural Women in Media: Ensuring Proper Representation’, was held on 27 May 2014 at Brac Centre Inn Conference Room, Mohakhali, Dhaka. Ms Rokeya Kabir, Executive Director of BNPS was the moderator of the meeting. more>>
3 A seminar on “Violence against Indigenous women in Family, Society and Customary law” was held on 31 October 2014, jointly organized by Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha and Ananya Kolyan Sangathan. Bomang Circle Chief King U Cha Pru Marma was present as the Chief Guest in the seminar held at Sangu Hotel, Bandarban. more>>

3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organized a district level networking meeting on “Strengthening GO-NGOs Support and Services of Women” with local government representatives and legal aid service providers was held on 10 September 2014 at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka. Ms Rokeya Kabir, Executive Director of BNPS moderated the meeting. more>>

3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha organized a 3-days long training for the capacity development of women members of CHT Women Activist Forum on “Gender, Advocacy, Leadership and Customary Laws” at Bandarban district on 28 - 30 October, 2014. 22 women members took part in the training sessions. more>>

3 Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organized a seminar on “Women Workers in Informal Sector: Discrimination and Way Forward” at the National Press Club in Dhaka on 29 April 2014

dialogue Speakers at a seminar underscored the need for taking special steps to reduce school drop-out as well as development of maternal health in the char and coastal areas. more>>





16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

Observation of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence by Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) has gained a new more>>


Dialogue between DPPF and Parliamentary Standing Committees

Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha organized a dialogue with Parliamentary Standing Committees and Public Policy Forum on September 25, 2013 at Jatiya Press Club. .


‘Improve healthcare service for coastal people’

Speakers at a dialogue on Monday (1 July 2013) called for taking necessary steps to improve healthcare facilities for char and coastal people. more>>

Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organised a press conference on the unparliamentarily behaviour of the law-makers and trend in women's politics at Dhaka Reporters Unity on 27 June 2013

A seminar titled as ‘Post Budget Seminar on National Budget 2013-14: Expectation of Women & Reality’ held at the Muktijudda Jadughar, Dhaka on 18 June 2013. Bangladesh Nari Progati Sanga (BNPS) organized the session with the support of USAID, UKaid and The Asia Foundation.

A memorandum has been submitted to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding a fair free election environment for women and minority group. Ms. Shaymoli Nasreen Chowdhury, Chairperson of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, Ms. Rokeya Kabir, Executive Director of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, Prof Dr. Naseem Akhter Hussain, Jahangir Nagar University, Mr. Kajal Debnath, presidium member of Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad Mr. Numan Ahmed Khan, Executive Director of IED and others met the Election Commissioner during the submission.


Consultation on Fair Deal for RMG Workers

Speakers pressed on change in mindset of the government and factory owners for a fair deal to ready-made garments workers on more>>

Ms. Rokeya Kabir, Executive Director of BNPS, speaking at the inaugural function on national consultation on budget booklet held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel, Dhaka on 11 May 2013.


BNPS consultation on status of women and minorities in electoral process

Women activists, ethnic and religious minority leaders and rights activists expressed deep concern on fear-free environment for women and minorities in next general election. more>>

Md. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, Hon'able Member of Parliament (Netrokona-2), had delivered his speech in a round table discussion on 'Intervention needed to establish Peoples' Access in Natural Resources of Haor area' held on March 24, 2013 at Press Club VIP Lounge, Dhaka. Bangladesh Nari Progati Sanga (BNPS) organized the session with the support of Oxfam GB.

Dialogue on Budget Accountability in Social Safety net Sector held on March 13, 2013 at BNPS Conference Room, Dhaka. Organizer of this dialogue was Civil Society United for Budget Accountability in Bangladesh (CUBA'B).


Ms Rokeya Kabir, Executive Director, BNPS and Chairperson of ADAB (Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh) has been selected as Member of UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Advisory Group. We, the BNPS family, express our heartiest congratulation to her on this achievement.


SAAPE Women Rights Campaign Launched in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) announced the launching of Campaign on ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights more>

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Media Campaign on MDG 5: Reducing Maternal Mortality
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