The Anglican Alliance programme to empower marginalised women and ensure their effective participation in the policy process started this week in Bangladesh. The programme aims to build a supportive governance framework for economic empowerment.
Funded by a Commonwealth Foundation Grant, and in collaboration with local partner ADORE, the programme will provide women and young people with the opportunity to attend training and workshops to enable communities at grassroots level to participate in national policy making.
Fragile coastal communities are in great need of economic improvement, and with high level advocacy and transformative policies, the local women will be able to see the change they need.
One participant in the programme, Tandra Dalal (pictured left, centre), said, “We have many ideas and opportunities, but we cannot get to the policy and bureaucratic problems to overcome them. We would like to share with the policy makers and service providers to bring some changes and see the necessary support for our needs.”
The programme will reach 1800 women from three upazilas, Phultola, Batiaghara and Mongla, in the southwestern part of Bangladesh, and will run until February 2015.
Stakeholders including financial institutions, cooperative departments, the agricultural sector, the department of cottage industries, social business groups and individual entrepreneurs, will all be involved in the process. Workshops with these professionals will share best practice and train the women participants in how to advocate to governments for their needs.
These good practices will then be shared further through a distance-learning module in participatory governance, as an extension of the Alliance’s Agents of Change course.
In the picture: Tandra Dalal with women on a training programme run by Adore in Bangladesh.