Gender and Development Programme
Let Her Decide and Participate (LHDP) Project
To gain a high level of social and political acceptance of the women's contributions to the domestic, social, political and economic sphere and to increase their recognition as agents of transformational change
- Influencing community members to bring about fundamental change as well as building people's capacities and empowering them – at home, in informal and in formal milieus
- Giving women a voice through building up their self-esteem and self-confidence and enabling them to have greater influence over their own lives
- Increasing female participation in service providing organizations and standing up for their rights as a collective
- Women and organizational staffs raise awareness about women's potential for social, political and economic transformation and build the women's capacity in leadership and DEW influence other projects and policies within the organization
DEW organized a Human Chain in Mymensingh
- The women's confidence increased enabling them to challenge the injustices and inequalities they experience and it aided them to claim their rights and entitlements and increased their participation in decision-making processes in the formal and informal structure
- The development of a social collective enabling women and men to challenge the incidence of VAW
- An increased sensitivity of the service providers engaged in VAW who provide access to survivors of VAW to the justice system
- Women and organizational staffs are aware of the potential role of women in change-making and women were trained in leadership and agreed to promote gender equality
Community Mobilization Programme to End Violence Against Women
One in every two women in South Asia faces violence in her home. Violence is an inescapable reality in a woman's life as the social customs and attitudes that support violence against them are entrenched and institutionalized at all levels – home, family, community, society, and the State. Breaking the silence on this violence is not an easy, or even a real option for most women; to do so would threaten their lives. Fund for Population (UNFPA) identified Bangladesh in its annual country report 2000 as having the second highest rate (47%) of domestic violence in the world. The incidence of domestic violence, murder, snatching, women and child trafficking, rape, and acid throwing is increasing day by day.
Mymensingh has been identified as the second poorest of the four poorest districts in Bangladesh. Mymensingh is also known for its uneven distribution of wealth (Local estimation of poverty and malnutrition in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and UN World Food Programme, 2004) that induces the vulnerability to raise violence against women. Beside that, this area is made up of Haor and Char land with particular cultural settings that differ from other parts of the country having lower consciousness in different socio-cultural attitudes.
Development Wheel (DEW) has identified, through its long involvement in projects in the greater Mymensingh, that the rate of infringement of women rights and various forms of violence against them is much higher in the district's remote areas than in any other parts of the country.
Launching of a fourteen days campaign programme to counter violence against women
DEW has implemented a project titled “Community Mobilization Project to End all Violence Against Women in Mymensingh” with the support of Oxfam-GB aiming to promote a local network/platform to combat domestic violence against women and to achieve a greater understanding and consensus towards curbing violence in the greater Mymensingh district. DEW has formed district alliances to combat this issue with the participation of 35 NGO’s, CBO’s, and CSO’s.
Human chain organized by DEW
District Commissioner of Mymensingh and other stakeholders on the stage to distribute the prices among the winners of the Art Competition
Gender Equality, Human Rights and Sensitized Urban Responsive Governance
To establish responsive governance, DEW uses various strategies, including policy advocacy, promoting women/child rights, gender equity, development and peace to the society through ensuring the active participation of the local community. DEW is working in Dhanmondi, Newmarket and Tegjaon Thana in Dhaka under the Dhaka City Corporation with the Dhaka Development Forum (DDF). The project is being implemented under the funding support of Manusher Jonno (DFID) and the technical support provided by Steps towards Development. DEW is implementing the programme through social entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, school volunteers, local government representatives and many others.
DEW organized a rally to raise awareness among people in Dhanmondi Thana under Dhaka City Corporation to counter violence against women
Main objectives of the programme
- Taking initiatives to reduce gender discrimination in the family, society and the state
- To effectively implement development activities through ensuring local participation
- To increase people's responsiveness to different social issues like women and child rights
- To strengthen local initiatives and people's participation
- Establish social barriers against women and child violence and provide necessary support
- To increase responsiveness and accountability of the local service providing institutions through implementing specific need-based activities
- Act as a social pressure group in the community