Impact of BRAC’s Coordinated Approach in Addressing Violence against Women
Samir Ranjan Nath, Rumana Ali, Sharin Shahjahan Naomi, Raihana Azim Upoma
Date: 07 November 2017; Time: 11:30 am; Venue: RED Conference Room (15th Floor)
Research Findings Presentation
Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) is a significant obstacle to reduce poverty, and achieve gender equality that are closely associated with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). BRAC’s five-year strategic plan (2016-2020) includes reducing violence, which indicates BRAC’s priority and concern to continue and develop its interventions for addressing violence against women and children. Part of this endeavour includes understanding existing gaps in the interventions and envisioning stronger interventions. Although BRAC’s six programmes viz., CEP, HRLS, GJ&D, BEP, MF and HNPP have huge outreach across Bangladesh for creating awareness and taking action against VAWC, these programmes have worked separately to combat the issue. The VAWC project intends to work on a comprehensive VAWC model that will bring coordination among the existing components or platforms functional in four programmes to address the violence in three areas: protection, prevention and rehabilitation. The intervention of the coordinated approach is currently being piloted in the districts of Comilla and Gazipur of Bangladesh. After completion of the intervention, RED has conducted this study to see the impact of the intervention as well as the effectiveness of the coordinated approach that the programme applied. The end line survey was focused on intimate partner violence as well as violence against children, and the qualitative part explored how the coordinated approach is working in the field through combining different programme’s interventions. The quantitative survey found limited success of programme’s impact on intimate partner violence and violence against children that are deeply rooted in patriarchal ideology. However, the qualitative study found effectiveness and promising aspects of the coordinated approach in the areas of reporting, legal justice, preventing early marriage, linkage with local government, journalists and community leaders, and re-integration. Taking insights from both of the studies, the research recommends to explore new means for creating awareness on patriarchal ideology, scaling up of the interventions on long term basis as well as more advocacy with government and local leaders.