The Girl Power programme was a five-year international project on girl’s and young women’s rights, that has been implemented in 10 countries. ICDI worked on the reduction of gender violence, the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of girls and young women in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Nicaragua, through the cooperation with local NGO’s.
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In Bangladesh ICDI worked closely with the local organization Shariatpur Development Society .
SDS started its work during the devastating flood in 1987 and 1988, through small-scale relief and rehabilitation programme in the Shariatpur district. After this flood, in 1989, a group of journalist, lawyers and social workers, both male and female, decided to work together to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged people in the country, especially in Shariatpur, Madaripur and Faridpur districts. SDS is experienced in disaster management and emergency response but is also developing several programmes on child protection, primary education, gender equality and socio-economic empowerment of women through micro-finance.
Within the Girl Power Programme, SDS and ICDI focused on adolescent girls, young women, their families and communities living in 60 rural municipalities of the region of Shariatpur, as well as on local authorities, regional and national governments.
– Awareness raising workshops for girls and boys, families and community leaders;
– Promotion of sports among girls and women;
– Lobby and advocacy campaign for child rights, women rights and against early marriages;
– Training for government officials, public authorities and school teachers on CRC and child protection;
– Creation of networks among civil society organizations committed to child rights and women rights at regional and national level.