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Protecting Human Rights (PHR) is a five-year program to reduce the high prevalence of domestic violence and other human rights related violations in Bangladesh. The program came to fruition after the passing of the Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Act, 2010’, a historic move that was significant as it lent recognition to the widespread prevalence of violence faced by women within the domestic sphere, and the need to prevent it. The aim of PHR is to strengthen the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 2010 and enhance its reach through a comprehensive program including advocacy, capacity building and strengthening service provision.

Funded by USAID, PHR is being implemented by Plan International Bangladesh in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) and 11 local NGOs in 102 unions of 8 upazilas under 6 districts including Barguna, Jessore, Bogra, Dinajpur, Sylhet and Chittagong. The project will reach a population of more than 3.2 million people by the end of the project.

The program objectives of PHR has been:

  • Improving the quality of advocacy for adoption and enforcement of key domestic violence and human rights legislation and policies.
  • Improving mutual understanding and effectiveness between key actors involved in reducing violence and strengthening other interwoven human rights.
  • Increasing access to and willingness of survivors to seek justice through formal and informal sectors.
  • Expanding immediate and longer-term support to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Increasing awareness of domestic violence and related human rights issues at the national and local levels.

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