Traditional patriarchal social structures in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) severely disadvantage women and girls, and restrict their social empowerment, their bodily integrity and sexual autonomy. High rates of violence against women persist here. Women and girls in CHT communities are exposed to sexual violence, harassment and assault. Besides, young women and girls are affected by the lack of information, means and support to manage their menstruation with dignity and fulfill their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
5 Years (January 2019 to December 2023)
Technical and Financial Support by: European Union
Program Lead: Simavi, and INGO that strives for a world in which all women and girls are socially and economically empowered and able to pursue these rights to a healthy life, free from discrimination and violence.
Lead in Bangladesh:
Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) , a women activist organization working for gender equality based on the principles of non-discrimination, diversity and secularism.
OLHF projects expected result is to have increased effectiveness and responsiveness to:
Enable and support young women and adolescent girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh to transition into adult womanhood with dignity, and bodily and sexual autonomy, without violence, coercion and /or discrimination.