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On February 8th, 2017, the USAID-supported Protecting Human Rights (PHR) Program of Plan International is going to organize the Final Close Out Event to share its Life of Project (LOP) achievements, lessons learned, challenges and sustainability plan of the program. In addition to conveying the impact and successes of PHR over the past six years, this event will provide an opportunity for the audience to hear from grassroots stakeholders on the contributions of PHR to eliminate domestic violence, prevent child marriage, and improve human rights for all at the union, upazila and district levels.
Ms. Meher Afroze Chumki, Honourable State Minister of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs will provide special remarks as Chief Guest. Special guests include H.E. Marcia Bernicat, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh; Ms. Janina Jaruzelski, Mission Director, USAID/Bangladesh; Ms. Nasima Begum, NDC, Secretary of MoWCA and Ms. Syeda Assma Kakoli, Acting Country Director of Plan International Bangladesh. Representatives of different government ministries and agencies, USAID, donors, development partners, PHR human rights champions, leading women’s rights activists, civil society representatives, academia and journalists will be in attendance.
Throughout this six-year (2011 to 2016) program, PHR has worked with 12 partners directly and hundreds of organizations indirectly to encourage policy reform, enhance public awareness, improve capacity of key stakeholders, provide access to justice for victims of violence and increase public dialogue between the government and civil society on human rights issues.
In late December 2016, PHR documented its achievements, lessons learned, challenges, sustainability plan through a Workshop in which PHR staff and the Executive Directors and key staff of its 11 local partners and national partner BNWLA participated. USAID representatives also took part in the three-day event.
Protecting Human Rights project reduces the high prevalence of domestic violence, child marriage, dowry and other related human rights violations in Bangladesh, and is implemented by Plan International Bangladesh in partnership with the Bangladesh National Women Lawyer’s Association (BNWLA) and 11 local NGOs in 102 unions of nine upazilas under six districts.