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The Gender and Social Justice (GSJ) programme focuses on mobilizing and developing community activism to protect rights and on raising awareness of gender and social justice issues. Established in 1996,and involving both men and women to establish gender justice, the programme aims to expand and strengthen ASK’s activities at the grassroots levels. The programme is being implemented in ten upazillas of ten districts with logistic support from local partner non-government organizations (PNGOs).

The GSJ programme

a) facilitates the formation of community-based organizations (CBOs) and supports them with training, coordination of meetings and referrals, through the Manobadhikar Sangrakkhan Parishads (Human Rights Protection Committees) and Manobadhikar Nari Samaj (Human Rights Women’s Groups), which

  • monitor the local human rights situation
  • assist the victims of HRVs to seek redress
  • monitor and participate in the local shalish (traditional dispute resolution) process in order to ensure compliance with legal standards, and to encourage women’s involvement.

b)  sets up and support networks of district level lawyers comprising Manobadhikar Ainjibi Parishads (Human Rights Lawyers Groups), who provide free legal aid and services to the disenfranchised.
c) Provides training for the staff of PNGOs (Human Rights & Rights Based Approach, Gender Relations Analysis, Advocacy, Good Governance and Organizational Development); for CBOs (legal and human rights, and gender relations analysis; leadership and organizational development) and for Lawyer’s Groups (gender relations analysis, human rights protection mechanisms and the role of lawyers to protect and promote human rights);

d) Organises workshops and study circles on different legal and human rights issues, and existing national and international protection mechanisms for CBOs and lawyers’ groups, and also for   the Government Legal Aid Committee, its Panel lawyers and legal aid applicants;

e) Assists CBOs in monitoring and documenting human rights violations and seeking redress; and

f) Assists CBOs and Lawyers’ groups to organize meetings and other events.

Contact: Gender and Social Justice Unit, ASK: Phone; +88(02) 8126134, 8126137, 8126047 (ext - 1142), E-mail: gsj@askbd.org