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 47 out of 144 countries listed in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In October 2015 Open Debate on WPS, Bangladesh committed to working on capacity building for women. During the 2017UNSC Open Debta on WPS, the representative of Bangladesh said that humanitarian partners are trying to provide support to the women and girls who have survived rape and sexual violence. Special priority has been given to supporting the nearly 2,000 pregnant women who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Bangladesh announced that they will develop a NAP in 2017 but have yet to release a date. 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


$ 3,594,000,000
Military expenditure
Bangladesh spends USD$ 3,594,000,000 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 2017.