The focal objective of BRAC Social Development Program is to strengthen women’s socio-political assets through promoting awareness of social, political and economic issues. The objective of the baseline survey was to obtain the baseline profile of the women UP members in the areas where the RETA pilot was implemented. In addition to some basic socio-demographic variables, data on knowledge of responsibilities and duties, participation, and involvement in socio-economic development activities of the women UP members were also collected. Findings reveal that many of them lack knowledge and information about the overall functions of the Union Parisads, their duties and responsibilities. Findings show that most of the members, who had knowledge of responsibilities and duties and prior experience in social welfare activities, had a lower level (below primary) education. Regression analysis suggests that prior involvement in social activities and knowledge of responsibilities and duties enhances the level of participation of the women UP members.