CBM Australia approves new one-year project with NCDW in Bangladesh

Stories | November 17, 2021

CBM Australia have been working in Bangladesh to improve the lives of people with disabilities and other marginalised groups. Building on the success of past and current programs, CBM Australia will soon commence a new one-year project that focuses on building the capacity of Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) in Bangladesh to assist them to lead and strengthen policies, national action plans and accountability systems.

CBM Australia will partner with the National Council of Disabled Women (NCDW) – a network of 111 OPDs, with over 10,000 active members and a leader in the disability movement across the country. NCDW have been a successful advocate for people with disabilities, particularly women and girls, in Bangladesh, building strong linkages with government, civil society organisations, legal aid organisations, and the media. CBM have already formed a strong relationship with NCDW through their involvement in some other large projects and is excited to build on this through a new project that will:

  • Strengthen policies, manuals and operational processes of NCDW, enabling effective management of larger projects.
  • Build the capacity of the network and increase awareness on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
  • Design a new three-year project focusing on protecting the rights of women and girls in Bangladesh.

We know that women and girls with disabilities are more likely to experience violence and abuse, both inside and outside the home, and face significant barriers in accessing critical support services. Strengthening organisations like those in the NCDW, is fundamental to creating an inclusive society where women and girls, including those with disabilities, are free from violence and discrimination, and have their rights upheld.

CBM Australia is looking forward to partnering with and supporting NCDW to strengthening the rights of people with disabilities, including women and girls, across Bangladesh.

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