ASTHA: Strengthening Access to Multi-Sectoral Public Services for GBV Survivors in Bangladesh

ASTHA project is one the innovative projects of UNFPA Bangladesh which has been devised by the Gender Equality Unit to increase availability of information and services to prevent and address gender-based violence and harmful practices in both development and humanitarian settings. SUS has started the project with the assistance of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) and UNFPA from June 2018 (though as per agreement it has been started from April 2018) at 28 unions and 03 Pourosava of 03 upazila (Islampur, Sharishabari and Dewangonj) under Jamalpur district. Focused areas of this project are gender based violence protection. It has been designed for access to justice of the abused women and girls of the project areas. The aims/objectives of ASTHA project are to fill these gaps by contributing to two outcomes i.e.  increased access to multi-sectoral response services for survivors of GBV and increased positive attitudes among community members about harmful gender norms and behaviours that perpetuate violence.

The strategies of the project are such as: Service delivery, Improved Coordination, Capacity Development, Policy Development, Community engagement and awareness generation. Strategic Partners are Bangladesh Police, Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Social Service Department, Youth Development Department and CSOs Networks.

During the reporting period, following activities have been done successfully i.e. Project Launching Ceremony, Discussion meeting on Multi-sectoral Public Services for Gender Based Violence, Union Referral Committee Formation, Meeting with District Level Service Providers, Orientation on Multi-Secoral Referral Service (Service Mapping) for union Nari Nirjatan Protirodh Committee-NNPC (Referral Committee), Activation and Quarterly Meeting of Upazila Level NNPC (Referral Committee), Activation and Quarterly Meeting of District Level NNPC (Referral Committee), Training on GBV Case Management, Performance Management & Community Facilitation, Preparatory Meeting with Government Official and Selected CSOs for GBV Sub-Cluster Formation, Establishing GBV Sub-Cluster at Jamalpur District, Training on Multi-sectoral Services and GBV Principles for CSOs at District Level, Orientation of Service Providers on Multi-sectoral Referral Services and GBV Principles, Service Mapping Data Collection and Compilation and 16 Days Activisms.