Friday, November 28, 2014




The women and children affairs ministry submitted the Bangladesh report on the ‘Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the Outcomes of the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly (2000)’ in May. It touches upon the 12 issues of the Platform of Action; Section 11 is on women and environment covering some issues of environmental degradation and mostly those of climate change. Details


Bangladesh did not achieve the desire nutritional condition 
Bangladesh suffers some of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. Millions of women and children suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition. International Food Policy Research Institute (iphapri) has revealed the "Global Nutrition Report 2014” on their website on 13 November, 2014.  Details 
Transgender Bangladeshis hold first-ever pride march
At least 1,000 transgender Bangladeshis staged the conservative mainly Muslim country’s first ever pride march on Monday to mark one year since the government recognised them as a third gender. Details 
Women are not safe in cities

Women feel that sexual harassment is a form of abuse and they do not find the cities safe. 81% of women subject to such abuse are afraid to move toward the police for help. They feel this will only make matters bad.  Women are most vulnerable to sexual harassment in public transport, on the streets, in markets and in shopping centres according to the survey. Details

Adventurer of the Year :  Wasfia Adventurer
Bangladeshi mountaineer Wasfia Nazreen has been selected as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. The information was disclosed on the website of the National Geographic on 7 November 2014. Wasfia has been selected for her activism and commitment to empower women through her work in the field of adventure. Deails 

Girls’ education is going advance
Bangladesh has achieved equality of the students in primary and secondary level just before the schedule of Millennium Development Goal. A Significant progress has been made in increasing equitable access in education (NER: 98.7 percent; girls: 99.4 percent, boys: 97.2 percent), reduction of dropouts, improvement in completion of the cycle, and implementation of a number of quality enhancement measures in primary education. Deails 


Researce : '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

Analysis:  Gender Responsiveness of the National Budget 2014.  Details

Concept Paper: Women's Political Empowerment in Bangladesh: Prospects and Challenges   Details



Observing 16 day’s Campaign
Steps will observe the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” to raise public awareness of violence against women from 25 November – 10 December 2014.
The 16 day’s Campaign along with a slogan of “Advancing Women, Advancing Bangladesh”.
Steps will arrange various activities around its 20 districts working areas. Screening of documentary films and Day long Photography exhibition will be held in different educational institutions in Dhaka city.
Program Schedule:
"Home Economics College", Dhaka on 25 November, 2014, "Bangladeh Kuwait Maitree Hall", Dhaka on 28 December 2014, "Dhaka College", Dhaka on 4 December, 2014, "Holy Cross College on 10 December", 2014, "Rokeya Hall", Dhaka University and University of Development Alternative (UODA) on 6 December 2014.

Steps’ Program for observing International violence against women fortnight
Steps Towards Development as its inauguration program of International fort-night campaign against violence against women organized Video screening, photography exhibition and Discussion meeting at the Home Economics College, Dhaka on 25th November 2014. At the discussion meeting, professor Shamsunnahar, Principal of Home Economics College was present as Chair, where the First Female vice-chancellor of BUET-Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Ms. Khaleda Ekram was present as chief guest. Professor Nasreen Ahmed, Pro-VC of Dhaka University was also present as special guest. The meeting was moderated by Maliha Perveen, Teacher of Home-economics College, where different professional group took part in discussion. Among them there were Rekha Saha, Director-Steps, professor Nishat Pervin, Pro-VC, Professor Ismat Rumena and Nishat Akhter Niva, Student of Home-Economics college.
At the end of discussion two documentaries on women’s human rights screened. Beside this, Photograph and posters were displayed at the college campus till the evening.


A national seminar titled Women’s Political Empowerment: Prospects and Challenges Experience from APARAJITA Program was held on 29 september 2014 from 10am to 2pm at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka organized by Steps Towards Development in association with other three APARAJITA alliance partners Democracywatch, PRIP Trust and Khan Foundation. The speakers of the seminar unanimously urged all political parties to earmark at least 33 percent seats in their different committees and decision-making bodies. They also opted out for 100 reserve seats to be directly contested by women candidates.  Details

3-Sep-CEDAW-DayState Minister Hopeful to Withdraw Reservations from CEDAW Convention 2014
Citizens' Initiatives on CEDAW, Bangladesh (CIC-BD) organized a sharing on Full Ratification and Implementation of CEDAW Convention in Bangladesh on 3 September Wednesday from 10 am to 1.30 pm at Azimur Rahman Conference Hall, The Daily Star Center, Dhaka to observe International CEDAW Day. Details 

'Right to food is human right' 
World Food Day 2014 observation
'Right to food is human right' and `we want food for all and also right to food act’ considering this theme a countrywide campaign on right to food was inaugurated by Anti Poverty Platform (APP), secretariat WAVE Foundation, in association with Steps Towards Development and other organizations on 16 October 2014 at Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka. More than 1000 national and international organizations/ institutions/ forums have paid solidarity and took part actively with this particular campaign. The day’s programme was designed as follows-
Mass gathering, Discussion, Rally and Human chain
The campaign was inaugurated by the vice chancellor of Dhaka University professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique. The convener of Anti Poverty Platform (APP) Mr. Mohshin Ali delivered the welcome speech and representatives of national and international organizations/ institutions/ forums paid solidarity to this campaign. After the inaugural session a grand and colorful rally was approached to Press Club. A human chain was held at Press Club at the end. 

'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 


By monthly Bangla journal
Unnyan Podokkhep,
3rd issue of 2014 is published.

Cover-2012-2-SBy monyhly English Journal 
New Steps
2nd issue of 2012 is published.  
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steps-productionThis year steps av centre is going to produce a series of production on “40 years of independence: Women Advancement and Rights”. In this series we’re trying to focus on women empowerment, their challenge, their struggle etc. in different sector. Already shooting has started of 3 productions, named- Shelai Ghor (Economic Change), Je Golper Ses Nei (Socio Cultural Change), Shikor Theke Shikhore (Change in Sports).
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