WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
 Bogura, Bangladesh

 

THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE

Our aim is to develop the socio-economic conditions of the uprooted, illiterate and underprivileged people in our community. We focus especially on capacity building of female-headed households and marginal, landless and destitute women and their families in the community. We support rural women with selected skills development training, production, marketing and creating opportunities for them to explore their potential to effect change in their own lives. We assist women in creating their own position in the family, as well as in society, creating opportunities for them to break through boundaries set by male-dominated family customs and social prejudices. Apart from this, our organisation also implements various socio-economic activities such as: awareness campaigns on women’s rights, gender equity, domestic violence prevention, denouncing child marriage etc. We undertake advocacy work and lobbing of policy makers and local government representatives, calling for a food security law, decentralised national budgeting system, amendment of the existing tobacco control law. We are affiliated with several national environmental movements to ensure environmental justice and combat the illegal grab of river banks.

THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE

- Handicraft training, production & marketing.
- Vocational training.
- Employment creation.
- Human resources development through skill training.
- Safe food production through agricultural training.
- Home gardening.
- Gender and development.
- Domestic violence prevention.
- Female empowerment
- Awareness of current burning issues (e.g.: health, law enforcement, violence against women, the harm caused by child marriage, etc.)

WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?

9 staff members, 6 trainers, and 250 volunteers (mostly youths) who have been trained in different social and environmental issues by PUP.

WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?

• EMMAUS INTERNATIONAL
• The Swallows in Denmark
• Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
• Bangladesh NGO Foundation
• Step Towards Development
• Net to Right (network)
• ActionAid-Bangladesh
• Right to Food Bangladesh network
• Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bangladesh Environmental Movement) BAPA
• Bangladesh Environmental Lawyer Association - BELA
• Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD)
• Bogura Municipality.
• Union Poreshod (Local government)
• Secondary School
• Different government committees at district and sub-district level.

Experience gained through implementing the following activities in the Bogura, Gaibandha and Sirajganj district since 1986:

01. Handicrafts training, production and marketing supported by Emmaus International, ICFHDP-GTZ, Asian Heritage Foundation, Delhi, India, Tradecraft, AFTF & IFAT since 1986 and still ongoing.
02. Handicrafts training program supported by ILO, ICFHDP-GTZ & The Swallows in Denmark since 1995 up to 2001 and Bangladesh NGO Foundation since 2009 - ongoing.
03. Gender equality and good governance supported by Steps towards Development and BNPS since 1998 and still ongoing.
04. Family relationship development supported by Steps towards Development since 1998 - ongoing.
05. Women & Child rights supported by Steps towards Development since 1998 - ongoing.
06. Employment creation and income generating activities for group members supported by TARD, PROSHIKA & ICFHDP-GTZ since 1999 up to 2001 - ongoing.
07. Handicraft training implemented in 4 districts supported by International Labor Organization (ILO). Project Name Technology for rural employment with special reference to Women.
08. Handicraft training implemented in Nilfamari District supported by Project for Self-Employment for Rural Destitute Women in Bangladesh through Cottage Industries (SERWTCI). Project Name: Project on Self-Employment for Rural Destitute Women in Bangladesh through Cottage Industries (SERWTCI) BSCIC/Netherlands.
09. Established handicraft showroom in Bogura town in 2006 with the support of Emmaus International, France.
10. Handicraft marketing supported by BaSE Bangladesh, u-landsforeningen svalerne fair trade groupen, Denmark, Heed Bangladesh & Tarango and exported through Corr The Jute Work.
11. Provided skills training to 930 unemployed and under-employed young people in the community to make them resourceful, capable of earning money, increasing their confidence levels and making them self-supporting. Funded by: EU and SDC through Swisscontact Bangladesh. [From 1 October 2012 up to 15 March 2014]
12. Working on domestic violence prevention in Shajahanpur Upazilla in the Bogura District with the support of The Swallows in Denmark through Net to Right Network, Shardah, Rajshai. [01 July 2012 to present day]
13. Working to reduce harmful traditional practices (child marriage, dowry, *fatwa, violence) through youth leadership development in the Ashekpur union of Shajahanpur upazilla of the Bogura District with the support of Actionaid Bangladesh-BFI project. [Sep 2016 to present day]
14. Provide skills training to 160 young people in the community to make them resourceful, capable of earning money, increasing their confidence levels and making them self-supporting. Funded by: Emmaus International, France. [From 1 July 2018 up to 30 June 2019]

FUTURE PROSPECTS

- Local & export market development (handicrafts and agro products).
- A training centre to create employment opportunities by providing vocational, handicrafts and agro-training.
- To establish networks among the crafts men and women for sharing knowledge, skills and market expansion.
- Web-based e-commerce market development.
- Enhance knowledge and technical capacity of farmers to grow pesticides (poison) free vegetable.
- Establish a showroom and warehouse for handicraft and agro-products.
- Awareness development packages of different social issues.
- Gather skilled trainers to transfer trainings.
- Relief & rehabilitation activities for vulnerable people.

SHARE YOUR PROGRESS AND THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS INITIATIVE

Developed as handicrafts producer
PUP has managed to provide skills to produce products to 4,500 women in our community since 1986.
We have been able to form 150 producer groups from the trainees.
Created market for products
- Exploring markets for products at local and national levels
- Exporting its handicraft products to European and Asian markets.
Developing skills of women from other organisations
Provided training and consultancy to 710 women with different international organisations, such as International Labour Organization (ILO); Self-Employment for Rural Destitute women in Bangladesh through Cottage Industries (SERWTC); Integrated Community Family Health Development Program (ICFHDP), GTZ; CARE (SETU project), Rangpur; Government Youth Development Department Kazipur, Sirajganj.

PUP awards
PUP was awarded a Certificate of Accreditation from SME, Special Programs Department of Bangladesh Bank in 2015 as a skill training provider organisation.
A member of ECOTA FORUM since 1995
Became a member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) in 1999.
Participated in international fair trade fairs and seminars in different countries globally as a member of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization).
Co-opted as a member of different government and local government committees at district and sub-district levels.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE?

Recently 3 national television channels telecast a story about our organisation’s activities and its producers’ group.
Many articles have been published in local and national newspapers about our activities.
We always get requests from national and international organisations to train their beneficiaries.
Due to good reputation of our organization, government and local government authorities always cooperate with us.

WHAT ARE YOUR PROSPECTS?

• We are looking forward to creating a market for our handicraft products for Emmaus members, communities in other parts of the world.
• Web based e-commerce development.
• Establishing a training centre.
• A handicraft outlet for permanent marketing.
• We are looking for possibilities of working together with companies in our country under CSR (corporate social responsibility).

About

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Initiative sponsors

Sk Abu Rahat Md. Mashruqul Islam
Programme Coordinator


Location

Bogura, Bangladesh

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Birgit Arentoft

Very beautiful works. I have several pieces which I enjoy daily.

Feb 6, 2021, 9:15:01 PM