Established in 2008, The Centre aims to promote a broader understanding of gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Bangladesh and in the region through research, policy, advocacy and training activities. Using both academic and action-based research, the Centre generates knowledge and translates it into advocacy-based action for social change. Research topics under the Centre include HIV/AIDS, reproductive health service, gender-based violence, child marriage, digital tools for SRHR, bodily rights and behaviour change communication.
To promote SRHR, the Centre organises and conducts short trainings and courses that aim to stimulate critical thinking and reflections among practitioners. The Centre also facilitates advocacy efforts with various partners and networks to bring about greater awareness on relevant areas of SRHR work. Recent advocacy efforts have addressed SRHR and law, masculinity and men’s sexual health, and rights-based issues of minorities and disadvantaged communities.
NATIONWIDE STUDY OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDS) IN BANGLADESH
Objective: This mixed method study conducted primary research among PWDs to better understand their SRHR needs, knowledge, sufferings, perception around sex and sexuality, and barriers in accessing SRHR services. The study reviewed existing interventions and/or services relevant to SRHR of PWDs and generate new knowledge by reviewing laws and policies relevant to disability and SRHR. Timeline: December 2018 - May 2020. Donor: Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands. Partner: Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
IMPACT EVALUATION DESIGN FOR EVALUATION OF ADOLESCENT STUDENT PROGRAMME (ASP) IN BANGLADESH
Objective: This qualitative study conducted evaluation of the impact of various components of the ASP intervention at the school level, with the overall aim to improve adolescent well-being, equipping the government of Bangladesh with an evidence-based and cost-effective model before scaling-up the ASP intervention and understanding of the knowledge, perceptions, practices, challenges and coping mechanisms of adolescent boys and girls living in low-income settlements during the pandemic. Timeline: March 2020 - December 2020 Donor: Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence Programme, Overseas Development Institute (GAGE ODI). Partner: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University and Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence
PROMOTING RIGHTS THROUGH INCLUSION AND EMPOWERMENT (PRITIE)
Objective: A study to address discriminatory laws, policies and practices related to marriage and sexual violence in the context of Bangladesh and international human rights standards. To create platforms for university students and young professionals in the project area to express their views and experiences on their freedom to express, choose, and consent to matters related to their own lives, and strengthen their knowledge and understanding and increase their participation in ensuring their rights and to enhance the capacity of service providers on SRHR. Timeline: January 2019 - September 2020 Donor: Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU). Partner: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST).