The purpose of the Bikoshito Nari (Unleashed Women) Network is to organize, empower and inspire the women of Bangladesh by building their capacity and developing their leadership skills to powerfully confront the issue of gender inequality. This special women’s leadership program trains women to take on projects such as stopping child marriages and dowries in their communities.
Women leaders engage in a four-year empowerment process, at the end of which they are empowered, able to advocate at the policy level and take a lead role in decision making both at home and within their communities. The 26-day training course is spread over a period of four years. The results are encouraging:
- Two hundred and five (205) trained Bikoshito Nari Network leaders contested in Union Parishad elections, with 115 of them winning . A total of six (6) members won the Zila parishad election.
- In 2016, Bikoshito Nari Network members have reached 114,112 community members through 7,915 events on issues such as child marriage, dowry, marriage and birth registration.
The Bikoshito Nari Network, launched in 2006, has 8,640 active members in 284 units across the country.
Below are the demographics of this national network (as of 28 February 2018):
Geographical Distribution of BNN Units
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|District Units||Upazila Units||Union Units||Total Unit||District Units||Upazila Units||Union Units||Total Members|