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Why WE CAN

In Bangladesh, domestic violence against women is widespread, but till date is considered as a family’s internal affair. According to a study (Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2007) conducted by National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), 60% woman in Bangladesh experience physical violence from their husbands or close relatives. Regrettably, there is a silence in our society with regard to domestic violence. For more than three decades many agencies, government and non-government organizations have been working to elevate women’s position in the society and to promote women empowerment. Regrettably, situation with regard to women’s position in their respective families has seen little improvement. More importantly, domestic violence against women is on the rise. WE CAN Alliance, Bangladesh works with an aim to tackle this deep-rooted discrimination against women. To end the violence against women it is important to mobilize popular support by achieving a fundamental shift of people’s idea, believes, attitude and practices that support violence against women through a collective and visible stand. That is why WE CAN Alliance, Bangladesh has formed a range of local, regional and national coalitions to address the issue of domestic violence against women.

WE CAN Alliance, Bangladesh works with a unique approach, unlike the mainstreaming projects or programs run by various NGOs. It allows an open platform from which different organizations and individuals from the grassroots level can address domestic violence against women. The initiative aims at creating a serious shift in people’s values and attitude towards domestic violence against women. The central strategy of WE CAN Alliance, Bangladesh is to bring a deep personal, voluntary and self propelled changes at the individual level - ordinary men, women and young people who commit to changing themselves and then taking the change to at least ten other people in their spheres of influence.

Gender Fact File

According to a study (Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, 2007) conducted by National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT) 60% women in Bangladesh face physical violence in their marital life by their husbands.

According to another research by International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB) June 2006, between 50 and 60 percent of women in Bangladesh experience some form of domestic violence. One Stop Crisis Centre, a Bangladesh-based NGO that supports women victims of violence, reveals that almost 70 percent of sexual abuse suffered by women occurs within their own homes.

According to the WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women (2005), less than one percent of physically abused women report the matter.

(source: www.wecanendvaw.org/gender-factfile/bangladesh)