'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.
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
WOMEN'S POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT IN BANGLADESH: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES
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
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.