ARROW for Change – Intersections: The Politicisation of Religion and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Country Profile on Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Bangladesh
We at Arrow work in partnership with like-minded women’s NGOs at national, regional and global levels in the belief that our mission and long-term objectives can be best achieved through inclusive participation and partnerships
Anjali works in one of the most neglected areas of health. Mental Illness is not a priority as a health issue in any part of the world, more so in developing nations like India. Anjali’s thrust is two fold – one, to establish Mental Illness within the mainstream health paradigm of India and two, to ‘speak for’ a large population of marginalized people with mental illness vis-à-vis their right to a professional and inclusive system of care and treatment.
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) was formed in 1996 to address concerns of human rights abuse and denial of sexual health rights, and provide a rights-based approach to health and social services for the most stigmatized and vulnerable populations in Bangladesh, in particular kothis/hijras and their partners. It currently provides social and health services to a broad range of sexual minority populations in 21 districts in Bangladesh.
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Khan Foundation is a private and non-profit charitable organization, focusing on democracy, human rights, poverty alleviation and development. At present, the main working areas of the organization are democracy, human rights, poverty alleviation and development. Khan Foundation is based in Bangladesh.
Naripokkho is a membership-based, women’s activist organisation founded in 1983 working for the advancement of women’s rights and entitlements and building resistance against violence, discrimination and injustice. Naripokkho is based in Bangladesh.
The Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC), founded in 1996, provides outreach and nascent programs in youth reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention, and works with a strong determination to bring quality health services to the community; particularly the poor and vulnerable communities. RHAC is based in Cambodia.
The Yunnan Health and Development Research Association (YHDRA) was founded in 1994, and consists of medical and social science researchers, to promote equal health development to everybody. YHDRA is based in China.
Centre for Health Education Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA) is a non-government support organisation established in 1984. CHETNA addresses issues of women’s health and development in different stages of their lives from a rights perspective and is an activity of the Nehru Foundation for Development. CHETNA is based in India.
Pravah works to impact issues of social justice through youth citizenship action. In 1992, a group of young professionals started a small campaign in colonies and colleges to mobilize public opinion against violence through creative mediums. This became Pravah, now partnered with more than 40 civil society groups. Pravah is based in India.
RUWSEC is a non-governmental organisation working for women’s health and reproductive rights, founded in 1981 by 13 women, 12 of whom were Dalit women. RUWSEC’s broad activities include innovative field programmes and research on gender, SRHR and social justice, and running a reproductive health clinic and resource centre. RUWSEC is based in India.
SAHAJ was founded in 1984, with an idea of providing a supportive and facilitative atmosphere to persons interested in doing original work in the area of health and development. They have a conscious focus on marginalized and deprived communities, with attempts to make a practical difference in people’s lives and social processes. SAHAJ is based in India.
SAHAYOG was founded on the belief that socially marginalised individuals and groups must participate in decision-making that affects their lives. SAHAYOG works at the community level in partnership with local NGOs to build capacities, anchor campaigns, support advocacy efforts and provide information. SAHAYOG is based in India.
TARSHI works to expand sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives in an effort to enable them to enjoy lives of dignity, free from fear, infection, and reproductive and sexual health problems. TARSHI’s work on sexuality is from an affirmative and rights-based perspective. TARSHI is based in India.
The YP Foundation was established as a youth-led and – run organization, with the idea that all young people are in different phases and stages of their lives where they have different and limited levels of learning. The organization aims to strengthen young people’s engagement with policy-making at local, national, regional and international levels and strengthening young people’s advocacy and information at the community level.
Yayasan Jurnal Perempuan (The Women’s Journal Foundation, YJP) was founded in 1995 to disseminate information on gender and women’s rights issues to the general public through the Women’s Journal. Jurnal Perempuan is currently one of the leading media on gender, women’s rights issues, and feminism in Indonesia. YJP is based in Indonesia.
Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (Women’s Health Foundation-YKP) was founded in 2001 as a not-for-profit social welfare institution concerned with women’s reproductive health issues, which are a result of the structural imbalances that they face, both due to social constructions and discriminatory policies. YKP is based in Indonesia.
Established in 2001, the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Health Sciences, Vientiane Capital City, Laos, is responsible for higher education of public health-related fields. They are based in Lao PDR.
The Federation of Reproductive Health Associations is a federation of 13 member associations, and was established in 1958. They work on family planning and responsible parenthood, promoting and supporting effective family planning, and sexual and reproductive health services. FRHAM is based in Malaysia.
Musawah (meaning ‘equality’ in Arabic) is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. Launched in 2009, Musawah is pluralistic and inclusive, bringing together NGOs, activists, scholars, legal practitioners, policy makers and grassroots women and men from around the world. Musawah is based in Malaysia.
Penita Initiative aims to build a centre where a diverse range of information on women’s concerns and knowledge can be shared and build upon, a place where women from all walks of life can participate in creating knowledge projects that benefit other women and communities. Penita is based in Malaysia.
Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a group of Muslim women committed to promoting the rights of women within the framework of Islam, based on the principles of equality, justice, and freedom enjoined by the Qur’an. SIS was formed in 1988 with a mission to promote an awareness of the true principles of Islam. SIS is based in Malaysia.
Huvadhoo Aid (HAD) exists to enable the rural people to work effectively in promoting and advancing the interests of the rural community of the Maldives to attain basic needs, working to build a united and strong community for the advancement of the island. Huvadhoo Aid is based in the Maldives.
Established in 1988, the Society for Health Education (SHE) adopts an integrated approach to health education and service delivery and its role includes increasing the accessibility of services and using the media for education and communication. SHE is based in the Maldives.
MONFEMNET is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organization, with a mission to serve as a strong driving force for the development of a national, broad-based, democratic, sustainable and transformative movement for women’s human rights, gender equality, substantive democracy and social justice. MONFEMNET is based in Mongolia.
Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC) was formed as a loose network soon after the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995. BBC envisions a society where women and girls lead equitable and dignified lives, contributing to sustainable peace and development of the people and advancement of the nation. BBC is based in Nepal.
LOOM is a young women led campaign that interconnects with women of multi generations in weaving stories, threading dreams, building young feminist leadership towards the change that inspires our freedom. LOOM works to build capacities and increase access amongst young girls and women to address political, social, legal, religious, traditional components of discrimination.
Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) is a human rights organization. Founded by women’s rights activists in 1991 in order to address the issue of human trafficking, WOREC works to ensure the rights of voiceless and marginalized groups to promote social justice. WOREC is based in Nepal.
Established in 2009, YUWA is a registered, not for profit, purely youth run and led organisation working to promote youth participation through empowerment and advocacy. Since its formal establishment, YUWA has concentrated upon the holistic youth issues and is especially working in 5 thematic issues; Active Citizenship, HIV, AIDS and SRHR, Environment and Sustainable Development, Economic Initiation and Innovation & Global Information Access.
Chanan Development Association (CDA) is a national youth-led organization founded in 2004. CDA aims to provide opportunities to youth and women in Pakistan to explore, enhance and utilize their knowledge, capabilities and skills to improve their status in the society and earn appropriate recognition of their contributions .
Initiated as a small voluntary women’s collective in 1975, Shirkat Gah has evolved into a leading women’s rights organization that operates out of all four of Pakistan’s provinces to strengthen women as rights’ holders, reorient their immediate community actors to be more supportive and responsive, and to promote a conducive policy framework. Shirkat Gah is based in Pakistan.
Sindh Community Foundation (SCF) was formed in 2001 to improve the socio-economic conditions of rural communities and neglected segments of society, specially youth and women. Having started with free medical camps, today it focuses on strategic interventions towards sustainable development. SCF is based in Pakistan.
The Youth Advocacy Network Pakistan is the first youth-led and democratic network made and run by the young people of Pakistan, aimed at creating a forum for dialogue, discussion, and cooperation about sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in Pakistan.
Likhaan, founded in 1995, is an NGO dedicated to promoting and pushing for the health and rights of marginalized women and their communities. Their work includes women’s empowerment, universal access to the highest attainable standard of health care, primary health care, maternal mortality, contraception and unsafe abortion. Likhaan is based in the Philippines.
PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PFPI) is a private, charitable organization with a vision and mission to improve health, conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation’s mission is to improve health and contribute to environmentally sustainable development. PATH is based in the Philippines and Hawaii, USA.
Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) is a non-government, non-profit organization with over 10 years of experience in doing research, intervention, capacity building, publication and advocacy in the fields of sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, rights, gender and gender-based violence. CCIHP is based in Vietnam.
The Burma Medical Association (BMA) was founded in 1991 as an independent non-profit organization by a group of health professionals. BMA continues to be the leading body for health policy development and capacity building for the provision of quality health care services in ethnic areas of Burma. BMA is based in Thailand.
MAP Foundation is a grassroots NGO that seeks to empower migrant communities from Burma living and working in Thailand. MAP Foundation was formed in 1996, as a grouping of local organizations joined together to try to respond to the needs of Burmese migrant workers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. MAP Foundation is based in Thailand.
The Women and Media Collective (WMC) was formed in 1984 by a group of Sri Lankan feminists interested in exploring ideological and practical issues of concern to women in Sri Lanka. Their mission is to bring about a transformative change based on feminist principals. WMC is based in Sri Lanka.
AIDS Accountability International (AAI) was established in 2005 as an independent research and advocacy think tank that holds leaders accountable for the commitments they have made to respond to health needs. We do this by increasing transparency, promoting dialogue and supporting action for an improved response. AAI is a global organisation with a focus on Africa.
The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) is a global network of women leading social and economic change in over 120 countries worldwide, advocating for peace, justice, human rights and care for the environment. It develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. World YWCA is based in Switzerland.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) has been working since 2002 to strengthen and protect basic rights and freedoms in Egypt, through research, advocacy and supporting litigation in the fields of civil liberties, economic and social rights, and criminal justice. EIPR is based in Egypt.
Ikhtyar for Development, Training, Research and Consultancy is a Research Collective producing knowledge in Arabic. Their mission is stimulating critical thinking and creativity around gender studies through research, interactive activities, specialized periodicals and an online library of resources in Arabic. Ikhtyar is based in Egypt.
The Association Marocaine de Planification Familiale (AMPF) was founded in 1971. The organization is actively promoting a national population policy, and does so through advocacy with political and religious leaders. There is a strong focus on sensitizing men with regard to gender issues, in order to improve women’s status. AMPF is based in Morocco.
ASTRA (Central and Eastern European Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) is a regional informal network created in 1999 by women’s rights organizations and activists from Central and Eastern Europe. STRA advocates for the full implementation of SRHR of women in the region. ASTRA is based in Poland.
Launched in 2004 as the youth wing of the ASTRA Network, ASTRA Youth consists of young activists advocating for young people’s SRHR in Central and Eastern Europe and Balkan countries, including comprehensive sexuality education, HIV/AIDS prevention, and participation of young people in decision making processes for SRHR. ASTRA Youth is based in Poland.
Founded in 1984, the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) is one of the oldest and strongest regional women’s health networks in the region and advocates for women’s health and human rights with particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive rights. The coordination office is based in Chile.
Elige, Red de Jovenes por los Derechos Sexuales and Reproductivos, is a Mexican feminist youth organization whose mission is to promote youth empowerment through the full recognition and exercise of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, under a human rights framework, to facilitate full citizenship. ELIGE is based in Mexico.