Bangladesh society is conservative, concerning gender inequality. Talking about reproductive health or sexuality is embarrassing for most people. A culture of silence exists in Bangladesh – both at home and at the policy level -- that inhibits open discussion regarding SRHR issues. In order to prepare adolescents & young people for a healthy sexual life and for healthy relationships, they should be provided with accurate information and clarification for any misperceptions. It was found that correct knowledge may get blurred with misperceptions and incorrect attitudes, and thus high level of knowledge is not the only thing we have to work in UBR program in Bangladesh.
The Unite for Body Rights (UBR) Programme is supported by Dutch SRHR (Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights) Alliance along with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands. The alliance is working with partner organizations in 9 countries of Asia and Africa. In Bangladesh, the UBR program has completed its first phase from 2011 to 2015 . The second phase has been started from 2016 and will be continued till December 2019 in 12 Upazilas of Pabna, Mymensingh, Noakhali, Gazipur, Netrokona, Shunamganj, Rangamati District and some ward of Chittagong City Corporation with the financial assistance of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands ( EKN) .
1. Increased utilization of comprehensive SRHR services, targeted at youth and poor people
2. Increased delivery of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)
3. Reduction of Sexual and Gender Based Violence
4. Increased acceptance of sexual diversity and gender identity
Target Groups of the Program
The primary target group of the Unite for Body Right programme is in and out of school young people aged 10 to 19, living in poor urban, semi urban and rural communities.
Another important target groups of the programme are the people that are in the day-to-day environment of young people (the enabling environment), most importantly: their parents, teachers, headmasters, health-workers, youth organisers and community leaders
Government officials at health and education institutes (lobby targets), policy-makers at higher Governmental levels and journalists constitute the third target group of the programme.
Project specific outcomes
1. Young people (10 – 24 year) living in rural and (semi) urban areas in 12 upazilas are increasingly aware of their SRH rights and have knowledge and skills to make informed decisions regarding their sexual reproductive health
2. Young people (10 – 24) living in poor rural and (semi)urban areas in 12 upazilas have access to SRHR services that adhere to the national standards
3. In 12 upazilas there is an SRHR friendly supportive enabling environment ensures sustainability of access to YFS and CSE in X communities
4. Contribute to the development of (national) Governmental policies and programmes that include youth-friendly SRH education and services.
The work of the SRHR alliance, informed by theory of change is working with a three pronged strategy to benefit young people’s SRHR knowledge & information needs: CSE education, Youth Friendly Services (YFS) and enabling environment and is based on the recognition of adolescent and young people rights as citizens, along with their sexuality and reproductive health. The program aims at improving: