Summary of the study findings on 'Economic Justice for Women'
Women in Bangladesh face challenges in terms of getting economic justice whenever they try to participate in economic activities because of cultural norms. This challenge is generally observed in cases of women trying to entry into income generating activities (labor market), access to resources, and distribution of profits and wages. With particular focus on these issues, World Vision Bangladesh and Steps Towards Development jointly conducted a study titled: 'Economic justice for women: fair wage, rights on resources and property, and market access perspectives'. The study tried to reveal different discriminating practices to which women entrepreneurs and labors are victimized. Details
Report on a pre-budget sharing titled ‘Gender Responsiveness of the National Budget 2014. Details Report
Report On 'Women in advancement women in development' titled photograph, poster exhibition and documentary film screening was organized by Steps Towards Development to celebrate 8th March 2014 international women's day on 9-10 March at Sarakdwip in Dhaka University premises. Details Report
Report On Women’s Human Rights in 2013: At a glance
Steps Towards Development has organized a sharing meeting titled Women’s Human Rights 2013 at National Press Club on 30 January 2013 with a view to shedding a light on the situation of women’s human rights in 2013. The discussion took place weeks after the 10th Parliamentary Elections that had caused much damage and threatened the country’s human rights situation including violations of the rights of women and girls. Steps prepared a draft report to highlight its observations based on human rights organizations’ as well as newspaper reports and shared that with the participants representing women and human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, persons with disability and women leaders. An open discussion was held followed by report presentation to improve and finalize the report for publishing after incorporating the relevant inputs and suggestions of the sharing. Details Report
STOP Early Marriage!
Early marriage increasing population
Bangladesh is ahead from many developing countries in terms of gender equality in primary education, vaccination. Still rate of early marriage is very high. In the last report of UNFPA, it was reported that ranking of Bangladesh is third in early marriage. See Details
Bangladesh has done better in comparison to touch MDG number 5 (to be more precise- 5A: Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio.). But the country will need to make continued improvements to achieve the goal. See Details
Steps Towards Development along with local collective platforms consisting 120 member organizations and thousands of social volunteers are working in 19 Districts of Bangladesh to promote and protect women human rights. See Details
National Action Plan of NWAP to be finalized in January 2013
The National Action Plan of National Women’s Advancement Policy 2011 will be finalized within January 2013. The state minister for women and children affairs Ms. Shirin Sharmeen Chaudhury informed this at a meeting held on 1 November 2012 that reviewed the draft national action plan prepared by the ministry.
Rules and Regulations of the Domestic Violence Act 2010 finalized
Rules and regulations for the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010 have been finalized with provisions of fine and imprisonment. Secretary for Women and Children Affairs Ministry Mr. Tariq-ul-Islam informed that the finalized version would be undergoing further scrutiny by the Law ministry before it comes into full effect.
Alternative Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report prepared by Human Rights Forum, Bangladesh
Bangladesh will undergo the UPR process for the second time in 2013. Human Rights Forum, Bangladesh, a coalition of 17 human rights promoting organizations jointly prepared an Alternative Report (covers the period 2009 - 2012) to be submitted under the Universal Periodic Review process of the UN Human Rights Council.
In May 2012 the members of the Forum held a two-day consultation with all the Forum members, decided upon the list of issues that the joint submission would address and assigned each of the organizations with responsibility of relevant issues. Subsequent drafts of the report were shared with all the members of the Forum and their feedback incorporated to prepare the final report. The report was also shared with the National Human Rights Commission and relevant Government bodies.