Women Leaders

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

Division BNN Units BNN Unit Leaders Number of trained Women Leaders
District Units Upazila Units Union Units Total Unit District Units Upazila Units Union Units Total Members
Barisal 4 3 8 15 58 45 88 191 615
Chittagong 6 11 15 32 134 125 157 416 897
Dhaka 8 10 30 48 180 102 323 605 1,246
Khulna 8 5 54 67 129 72 665 866 2,292
Mymensingh 4 1 11 16 72 11 107 190 496
Rajshahi 5 5 26 36 63 79 248 390 1,178
Rangpur 4 3 14 21 80 31 98 209 996
Sylhet 4 8 37 49 50 78 407 535 920
Total 43 46 195 284 766 543 2,093 3,402 8,640

Women Leaders joining the BNN Network Annually

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