Nearly half the population of Bangladesh is denied equal rights due to exclusion, violence, and discrimination.
Community empowerment is only possible when everyone’s voices are heard. Women’s voices, particularly those living in poverty, are unheard. They often have the least power in communities, usually not knowing their rights or how to realize them, meaning potentiality of half the population is not realized.
Providing people, especially women living in poverty, with the tools to claim entitlements, develop leadership and take collective action through community-level organizations. In parallel, equipping local governments with the tools to be more accountable and responsive to the needs of people, creating violence-free enabling environments for women through realizing their potential, and increasing access to information and services.