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CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR GENDER, SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (CGSRHR)

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.

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The Centre is led by

Dr Sabina F. Rashid

Director (CGSRHR)

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For any inquiries:

Farhana Alam

Assistant Director

farhana.alam@bracu.ac.bd
Bachera Aktar

Assistant Director

bachera.aktar@bracu.ac.bd

Project Highlights

NATIONWIDE STUDY OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDS) IN BANGLADESH Up icon image

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 Down icon image

PI: Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.
Co-PI: Maheen Sultan, Head, Gender and Social Transformaton Cluster, BRAC Insttute for Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University.
Coordinator: Farhana Alam, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.


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) Down icon image

PI: Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.
Coordinator: Ashfique Rizwan, Deputy Coordinator, BRAC JPGSPH; Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Assistant Coordinator, BRAC JPGSPH; Tasfiyah Jalil, Senior Coordinator, BRAC JPGSPH.


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).

Bridging Communities in Cox’s Bazar: Mitigating Risks and Promoting Gender,Governance, and Localization of Humanitarian Responses in COVID-19 Era Down icon image

PI: Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.br
Co-PI: Bachera Aktar, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH; Manzoor Hasan OBE, Executve Director, Centre for Peace and Justce.
Coordinator: Habiba Nowrose


BRAC JPGSPH has submitted the phase-1 research report to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in their online portal in August 2021. This report has been approved by the IDRC and will be published on their website soon. Additionally, one case study proposal titled “Engaging with Communities: The Case of Rohingya Refugee Crisis” submitted by Ateeb Ahmed Parry (Assistant Research Coordinator, BRAC JPGSPH), Rafia Sultana (Senior Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH), and Kazi Sameen Nasar (Senior Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH), has been selected by the Global Forum for Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R) in August 2021. This will be one of the 15 case studies to be presented in that forum to be held in November this year (remotely). Two researchers have been selected for the Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R); Ateeb Ahmed Parry (Assistant Research Coordinator, BRAC JPGSPH) as lead presenter and Rafia Sultana (Senior Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH) as general attendee. Therefore, both of them will be participating in all the virtual meetings from this forum which will take place over two weeks, with sessions covering a cross-cutting theme of importance to conducting health research in the context of concurrent humanitarian crises. Apart from that, based on the research findings from the baseline survey, one paper titled “Impact of COVID-19 on household-level income and food security of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals and the adjacent host community in Bangladesh'', has been presented by the lead author Saifa Raz, Research Fellow, BRAC JPGSPH at the UNU WIDER development conference, held on 6-8 September 2021.


Moreover, a newspaper article titled Effective Campaign for Effective Vaccination in Rohingya Camps “, written by Rashadul Hasan (Project Manager, Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University), and Shakawat Hossain (Field Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University), has been published in the daily Asian age, on August 6, 2021.


The research team is currently drafting an infographic fact sheet and research brief based on key research findings, a policy brief, and several research papers.

Disrupting cross border trafficking in Jessore, Bangladesh Down icon image

PI: Farhana Alam, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.
Co-PI: Dr Md. Tanvir Hasan, Associate Professor, Co-Director of Research and Co-Director, CUEH, BRAC JPGSPH.
Coordinator: Sophia Kaufman, Project Coordinator, BRAC JPGSPH.
Technical Advisor: Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.
Focal: Farhana Alam, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.


From the month of July to September 2021, several guidelines and observation checklists for collecting qualitative data were developed and finalized for the operational research. Data collection plan for the operational research was developed and shared with BRAC. Several online meetings were also conducted to make the data collection phase more efficient.


Data was collected in three phases through 35 IDIs, 17 KIIs, 7 activities observations, 5 FGDs and 1 informal discussion. During the first two phases of data collection, data was collected through phone interviews.


A six-day long field visit to Jashore was undertaken to observe the implemented activities under this project, and to conduct the FGD sessions with the participants of the activities. Transcription and translation of the phone interview recordings were completed. A draft operational research report was developed and put through several editing phases based on the feedback from the PI and other advisory experts.

Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity (Arise) Down icon image

PI: Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.
Co-PI: Bachera Akter, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.
Coordinator: Bachera Akter, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.
Implemented by: Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)
Focal: Farhana Alam, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH.


Objective: To catalyse change in approaches to enhancing accountability and improving the health and wellbeing of poor, marginalised people living in informal urban settlements. ARISE Updates 2019-2020¨ Click here