Human rights and necessity of law are important and recognized issues for human beings. Having rights means that people participate in making choices about their own lives, unleashing their own creative energies and strengthening social unity.
Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) has been implementing different rights and governance programs in Netrakona, Sunamgonj, Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Sherpur districts to strengthen the community and to ensure their access into justice and all sectors of their rights. A society like us that has high rate of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, unawareness about rights & duties and lack of social security, it is very usual to have the strong existence of law violating manner, manipulation of justice and decadence morality. To get rid of such condition, it is necessary to make all tires of society aware about their civic rights, make the access very easier and cost effective for all to the justice and bring a transparency and accountably in every sector of the society. Otherwise, it will not be possible to create an ideal distributing platform of rights and existing services for all. In such condition, the poor, ultra poor and marginalized people become the main victims in everywhere just for their inability of getting justice and unawareness. Therefore, it is necessary to unite the mentioned segment of the community and strengthen them to claim their rights in formal way. Besides, it is also essential to make all the necessary services and supports available for them. Through its limited resources, SUS also provides some direct assistance to the victims of major violences like acid violence, raped women, victim of physical torture or divorced women through shelter home support and other capacity building assistive elements. The work approach under Rights and Governance theme is very dynamic consisting of different components. An important part of the work is to focus on strengthening governance of already existing groups by making them sensible and transparent. SUS is working with local level community.
To improve the situation of social environment by reducing violence, strengthening governance and getting access into justice.
Gender and Social justice
SUS initiated “Gender and Social Justice” project at 4 unions of Netrakona sadar upazila in 2007 with the financial assistance of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), Dhaka with a view to increase the opportunities of legal justice for the destitute people to ensure the accountability of local administration and people’s representatives and to eradicate existing social discriminations. At present, SUS is working directly and indirectly with 1,02,000 people under 120 villages of Mougati, Kailati, Laksmigonj and Challisha unions of Netrakona upazila of Netrakona district. The organizations such as: Manobadhikar Songrokkon Parishad (MSP), Manobadhikar Nari Somaj (MNS), RTI Task Force, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Manobadhikar Aijibee Parishad (MAP) are working at local level as voluntary basis.
Stop Violence Against Women (SVAW)
SUS initiated stop violence against women network in Netrakona district with like-minded organizations in July 2003. The SVAW network has been working at 6 upazila i.e. Atpara, Modon, Mohangonj, Barhatta and Purbadhola since 2006. In each of the upazila, there is a 15 members executive committee, 5 members advisory committee and 40 members general committee. Netrakona district SVAW committee acquired the membership of National Forum of Violence against women in 2006. The network has covered 29 districts in Bangladesh. Netrakona network is working for stop violence against women and Network has been reformed in 2012. The objectives of SVAW committee are to provide legal support, ensure legal justice of victim women, create awareness on violence against women issues among mass people, provide counseling and assistance to the victim women to rehabilitate and access into different social services.
Shelter Home Project
-A home for the victim women.
This project is now providing shelter for social victims, widowed, abandoned, divorced women and young adolescent girls without parents for maximum one year with a view to make them self-reliant and rehabilitate in the society through increasing their capacity for achieving economical self-dependency, changing the livelihood condition of victims and abandon adolescent and women in the family and society and making them aware on health, law and legal rights. Total provision of deprived women: 10.
Women Empowerment and Gender Equality through Representation, Recognition and Redistribution
SUS has been implementing “Women Empowerment and Gender Justice through Representation, Recognition and Redistribution” in 4 unions under Netrakona sadar upazila (Singher Bangla and Kailati unions) and Kendua upazila (Noapara and Kandiura unions) of Netrakona district by the assistance of The Swallows India Bangladesh since January 2017 for raising awareness at the individual level, creating a sensible environment at the family level, sensitizing community, making effective linkage with relevant institution and creating an enabling environment for social movement towards equal and equitable society for women. SUS is working in this area for changing gender role in the family as well as in the society. Change has started in different areas. The women groups are sitting in a meeting monthly basis regularly and they are discussing about their problems, and take necessary action to solve the problems. The project will be continued upto December 2021.
Strengthening CSOs in promoting inclusive and transparent budget processes in Union Parishads (EU-CSO and LA) Project
SUS has been implementing the this project with a view to achieve the goal “To strengthen capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to engage in inclusive and transparent budgets and expenditures mechanism” for the duration of 03 years (2016-2019) at 639 villages of 225 wards under 25 unions of 03 upazilas (Netrakona sadar-10 union parishads, Kendua-10 union parishads and Atpara-5 union parishads) of Netrakona districts by the financial assistance of HELVATAS Intercooperation-Germany.
ASTHA: Strengthening Access to Multi-Sectoral Public Services for GBV Survivors in Bangladesh
ASTHA project is one the innovative and active project of UNFPA Bangladesh has 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. The project works to stop/reduce GBV against women and girls as well as increase positive attitudes among community members about harmful gender norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence. Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) has been implementing the four year long project since June 2018 with the financial assistance of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and technical assistance of UNFPA Bangladesh and Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) at 28 unions of 03 upazilas (Islampur, Sharishabari and Dewangonj) of Jamalpur district. The goal of the project: An effective public system in place to prevent and respond to GBV for all women and girls. The objectives of the project are: 01) To increased access to multi-sectoral response services for survivors of GBV, 02) To increased positive attitude among community members of harmful gender norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence.
Despite the limitation of government organizations and other relevant actors in the development sector, ASTHA project has commitment to increase access of GBV survivors through strengthening referral system among multi-sectoral public services and relevant actors.
Socio Economic Empowerment with Dignity and Sustainability (SEEDS)
SUS has been implementing the project at 12 unions of 03 upazilas (Dhobaura, Haluaghat and Phulpur) under Mymensingh district since January 2019 by the financial assistance of Stromme Foundation (SF) which will be continued upto December 2023. Goal of the project is “By the end of 2023, 3000 marginalized families of Haluaghat, Dhobaura and Phulpur uapazilas of Mymensingh district enjoy the improved socio economic life”.
The target group of the proposed project are the vulnerable sections of the community (i.e. ultra poor, poor and marginalized people, especially women, children, adolescent and the disabled), community people, local government, different government and non-government service providers, the civil society, natural leaders, human and women’s rights activists, journalists, teachers etc. SUS will ensure the participation of 3000 poor and marginalized families (women), 720 adolescent (girl), 3600 (Per year 720 Pre-Primary Student ) 5+ children, 2400 Primary School Student, 63 High School Students and 300 Youth Members of FDP Family.
SWASTI-Strengthening capabilities of Women and girls by Addressing Skill, Technique and Information
SUS has been implementing a project named SWASTI with a view to “Promote a culture of prevailing rights and security of women and girls by increasing their access to economic, social, political and legal sphere” at 160 villages under 32 unions of 08 upazila of 04 districts (Netrakona, Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Sherpur) with the financial assistance of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) from January 2019. Major activities are as: raise awareness, skill development, strengthen linkage with different services providers, sensitize women and men on gender issue, empowering women in social, economic & political sphere. Major stakeholders are as: Village level leader, Shalisker or Mediator, Religious Leader, Cultural Activist, Lawyer, Journalist, Teacher, CBOs, like-minded organizations, Union Paishad, Government Department, Financial Institution, Judiciary, NGOs.