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HIGHLIGHTS OF EXPERIENCES

 

 

Since inception, BNPS has prioratarized Policy Reform Interventions along with her intervention at grassroots level as her core program and thus become one of the major civil society actors in following areas:

  • Initiative on CEDAW: BNPS has been playing a proactive role in influence the government in adopting and implementing CEDAW and mobilize people’s awareness on this convention through following activities and capacities:
    • Founder member of Citizens' Initiative on CEDAW, Bangladesh
    • Took leading role in preparing sixth and seventh alternative report to the UN CEDAW Committee in areas of  Economic Policy, Local Government and  Political Empowerment
    • Executive Director of BNPS is an Advisor to the Government committee on CEDAW reporting 
    • Campaign for full ratification of CEDAW through  workshop, and seminar and disseminating IEC materials
    • Awareness workshop with students, teachers, journalists and lawyers and other actors of NGO sector. 

     

  • Mapping the implementation of policies and commitments made by state regarding women’s empowerment: It is a continuous activity of BNPS for identifying the gaps through knowledge and information generation and dissemination and sensitizing various actors like policy makers, government duty bearers, civil society as well as the international community to take up targeted interventions for increased status of women in Bangladesh. CEDAW is the benchmark in this analysis and advocacy.

 

In 2008-2010, BNPS developed a ‘Mapping on implementation of policies and commitments made by state regarding women empowerment’, first of this kind in Bangladesh with support of UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) under a project titled ‘Promoting Rights of Women through Changing Mindset’. 

  • Analysis of National Budget and Policies from gender perspective: BNPS is the pioneer organisation in Bangladesh to start analysis of national budget and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) from gender perspective since 2001. BNPS has been trying to articulate the demand and necessity of gender budgeting in the country both among the proponents of women’s empowerment and the policy-makers. The discourse of gender budgeting and allocating resource from gender perspective is getting impetus and is being reflected in the national budget. In this respect BNPS has been conducting national budget analysis from gender perspective for the last eleven years. In addition BNPS also has following specialized study related to gender budgeting in her credit:

 

    • Performance of the Annual Budget of the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technology and the Ministry of Information in attaining Government’s Mandate of Empowerment of Women, 2012
    • Analysis of Gender responsiveness of the National Budget for Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, 2011
    • National Budget and MDG for Women: Ensuring women’s fundamental rights and requirements is necessary instead of neo-liberal measures, 2010
    • Factors Affecting Utilization Efficiency of Allocation Earmarked for Women’s Development in the National Budget of Bangladesh, 2007
    • Role of National Budget in Developing Entrepreneurs among Women in Bangladesh, 2006
    • Role of National Education Budget of Bangladesh in Women Empowerment, 2005

     

  • Reformation of Education System from Gender perspective: Addressing root causes of problems to facilitate a sustainable social transformation are the key strategy of BNPS to achieve her mission of creating an enable environment for women. In this context BNPS works on reforming of education system for changing traditional mind set and other values grounded in patriarchy. BNPS is pioneer in reviewing education system from gender lens by analysing gender discriminatory components in Madrasa education in 1993.  At present BNPS has a project on making Education Gender responsive and promotional for sexual and reproductive health rights’. Besides policy advocacy, 2000 students and teachers are direct beneficiaries of this pilot project on developing curriculum on gender sensitivity and sexual and reproductive health care and rights.

 

  • Electoral reform and policy advocacy for women’s greater participation in political domain: BNPS believes that, elimination of discrimination against women and advancement of equality for them can never be achieved without creating proper space and access to political sphere both at national and grassroots levels. Since inception, BNPS has been the pioneer in taking up steps on demanding women representation in power structure i.e. parliament and local governments, reformation of acts and ordinance and electoral rules and procedures to ensure women’s greater access to  political arena. BNPS is experienced in undertaking following programs and study in this arena:
    • Women status in Electoral process, 2010
    • Analysing the election manifesto of major political parties from gender perspective, 2008 and 2001
    • Election Observation from Gender and Minority Perspective, 2001
    • Democracy Education for effective Local Elected Bodies, 1997-1999
    • Voter education on women issues, 1996
    • Discussion with political parties on increasing of women’s participation in party’s decision making bodies and sensitizing women member of different political parties on this through workshop and seminar since 1993  

 

  • Advocacy and campaign for improving maternal health and decreasing drop-out rate of girls students: In 2010, BNPS collaborated with UN Millennium Campaign and undertook national policy advocacy and campaign for strengthening maternal health services, preventing drop-out rate of girls students and to increase women’s share in national parliament.

At present BNPS is implementing a program on Promoting Gender quality and Improving Women and Girls’ Access to Education and Health Services in four Parliamentary Constituencies in Chittagong and Sirajgonj.
 

  • Advocacy for fair wages and decent working condition for women: BNPS advocates for rights of women worker by lobbying within different committees of government, particularly in ministry of women affairs, finance and labour. As a part of its advocacy and campaign for achieving MDG for women in Bangladesh, BNPS has brought issue of recognition and ensure rights of women labour force in agriculture and other informal sector to reach the goal of attaining gender equality.

In all above initiatives BNPS successfully involves the all relevant actors including relevant ministries and departments, parliamentary standing committees, political leaders, women rights activists, academicians,  journalists, trade union, cultural activists and other part of  civil societies.
BNPS is also a pioneer in:

    • To bring gender, secularism and the concept of “poverty eradication and development is a political process” from periphery to the centre stage of NGO sector through vigorous efforts through the platform of ADAB and other forums.

 

    • To build bridge between NGOs and other part of civil society, progressive forces including peoples movements.
    • Initiated various forums and movements for creating space for the related issues and diversified younger leadership in different sectors during early `90s.

 

    • Brought change in perception regarding women’s role from only victim to active fighter in liberation war and anti-British movement.
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