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Country / Region profile of: Bangladesh

With women holding the seats of Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Opposition Leader and Foreign Minister, Bangladeshi women have experienced a great deal of political empowerment. Most recently, Bangladeshi women launched a resistance movement to combat SGBV after a series of brutal attacks in October 2016.Since the turn of the century, Bangladesh has weathered a number of conflicts with neighbouring states, India and Myanmar, as well as internal conflicts. In addition to these conflicts, women still face domestic violence and acid attacks. Bangladesh acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1984. Bangladesh is 72 out of 144 countries listed in the 2016 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In October 2015 Open Debate on WPS, Bangladesh committed to work on capacity building for women, however at the 2016 open debate, the representative of Bangladesh did not address the participation and empowerment initiative's promised in 2015, including micro-finance and skills training programmes. However, it failed to follow-up on these initiatives in the debate in October 2016. Bangladesh spent $1.5 bln in the military. Women in Bangladesh are working to reduce violence against women and achieve parity with their male counterparts. 

“I know we have a lot to conquer yet. Bangladeshi women should be independent, they should be entitled to the same benefits as men as equal citizen such as inheritance, pension and care for women and equal pay. That is what we will continue to fight for.” Rokeya Kabir

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$ 3,181,000,000
Military expenditure
Bangladesh spends USD$3,181,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Sending girls to college
This amount could fund scholarships aimed at providing free college education for about 13 million girls.
NAP 1325
Bangladesh does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Bangladesh made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2015.