Clebration of International Women Day 2016: Violence of the women rights to life of minority groups have recently rise across Bangladesh. Minority Women Groups including Dalits, Hindu, Christians, Bihari (National Minority), Sunni or Shia’s Muslims, Ahamaaydia, Indigenous and LGBTI they are seeking to defend their right at local and national level wherever they are in a threatened situation. Raising attention to the particular human rights, social, political, economic and cultural issues of all marginalized groups in Bangladesh, local civil society organizations with support from Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) have formed the present Human Rights Alliance Bangladesh (HRAB) to initiate efforts and activities to mainstream the issue of all marginalised groups in Bangladesh. These will include groups such as,but not limited to, religious minorities, dalits, indigenous peoples and LGBT groups. These efforts will address the major socio-cultural, economic and political issues faced by marginalised groups in Bangladesh. HRAB is going to organize mega events in cooperation with its member’s organization of all member. The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting this ideal. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Bangladesh is CERD member’s country but the Government of Bangladesh is not proper applying the Convention according to CERD. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination

Though the constitution Bangladesh stated the equal rights for all, around 5.5 million peoples of Dalit and Excluded community are experiencing the dehumanizing practices linked to untouchability, chronic poverty, socio-cultural deprivation and discrimination based on work and descent in the country. The more concerned issue is the dreadful situation of Dalit women among Dalit communities; they face the heaviest burden of both gender and caste-based discrimination and violence from both men in wider society, and from men within their own communities. These Dalit women cannot enter to the attention of the government & non-government development organisations and “the mainstream society”. And no effective measures have been taken for their development from the government and nongovernment side still. Dalits women has been fighting against the work and descent based discrimination, working in building leadership within Dalit women community, providing organizational capacity & professional skill training and organizing awareness activities along with taking existence principles in national and international level to eliminating the discrimination practices to Dalits and working for effective implementation of those.  Dalit girls and women, who rank the highest in levels of illiteracy, often fall victim to prostitution and bonded labour trafficking. Discrimination against minority groups is also reinforced by traditional norms and customs in Hinduism and Islam that deprive the women not only of control over property, but also over their own bodies. They are also excluded from participation in politics, community development and employment. Minority groups in Bangladesh face discrimination, exclusion and violence as a result of both their caste and gender. It is noted that minority groups in Bangladesh lack political representation and are subject to continuous and systematic deprivation, exclusion and neglect.

Goal: To protect and promote Anti-Discrimination within the Society through advocacy with National Actors and Duty Bearers.

Objectives:

• To form draft anti discrimination law-2013 for protecting and promoting minority rights in Bangladesh focus on right to life;

• To recognize the importance of Dalits Women and their work; to recognize the economic contribution of women,s unpaid work;

• To rasie positive awareness of violations including discrimination, torture, rape, rape after killing, abduction, forcefully conversion into religion and need for citizen rights among in Bangladesh;

• To build awareness among minority community on socio-economic, cultural, education and political rights;

• To build public awareness against discrimination based on work, descent and gender; 

HRABs will conduct a campaign program at Khulna, Dhaka, Shylet and Natore on 08 2016 in cooperation with more than Partners organization. All partners’ organization  community based organization, students and community volunteers groups will organize campaigns program within their community, target groups, political leaders, CSOs leader, teacher and likeminded organization for awareness their building. 

Expected Output: Minority groups will be accessed with increased awareness, information, skills and networking opportunities for peace building in the country and beyond. They will direct participate in the program and they will be empowered and that is why this is an output.

Four campaigns and demonstration programs will be successfully completed in Dhaka, Khulna, Natore and Dhaka District in cooperation with all partners and different stakeholders.

Face to face meeting with the community people will be completed in cooperation with community people including women, youth, CBOs, CSos.

Meeting with different professional will be completed in cooperate with CSOs and different stakeholders. 

More than 10,000 people will be involved by the events and its will measure the statement of people from leaflet distribution activities and demonstration program.

Leaflet campaigns and lobbying will be completed in cooperation with partner, youth and community

Expected Outcomes:

The event of this day can energize Bangladeshi from all walks of life; helping to generate an extensive spread grassroots level peace building movement across the continent.

The outcome of Demand for women rights day, and actions to make human rights and good governance; the government of Bangladesh will recognize the importance of household work and people will respect them;

The positive attitudes will be developed towards sexual minority, dalits young women and girls by the ending project through the activities. Targets group will participate in the program and they will know about the discrimination, gender based violence against minority women and their rights. They will aware their rights through the activities. CSOs, Community Leader, Political Leader will participate in the program and they will aware their responsibilities through the describe activities and they will do the positive attitudes towards the minority groups from the lesson learning of the projected activities.

There will ascertain human rights to information about democratic process and equal access to information for the civic rights, human rights and good governance by all major and relatively smaller parties through the events news and target groups participating in the events.

 There will encourage large-scale participation of women and girls in the events by building confidence on the human rights and good governance and peace building awareness and ensure people’s all-out participation, especially women in the democratic process.

There will be involved by the engagement of Youth, University Activation, Mobilizing workers, Massage dissemination through awareness raising, mass media, partners NGO and Community Participation

A positive attitude will be developed by the discussion with CEO of Qadirabd cantonment authority regarding the dalits minority. ARMY will do their duties and responsibilities in favor of 32 dalits groups. Home Minister will be aware about the situation of violation against minority groups. Out comes will measure on the basis of the evaluation sheet, stakeholders opinion, commitments of CSOs, CBOs and written or oral comments of audience from events will be counted as measurement instrument.

Achievement of personal goals of participating youth will achieve in relation to learning, growing and enabling to contribute to their communities regarding issues of cross-cultural interactions for piece building. 

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