Women's Empowerment in Bangladesh: A Case Study of Two NGOs
Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series BDRWPS 23
13 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2014
Date Written: September 29, 2014
Empowerment of women is a holistic concept. It is a multi-dimensional approach and it covers social, political, and economic aspects. This paper used questionnaires and focus group discussions to shed light on the question if non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have increased women’s empowerment in Bangladesh. Looking at two study areas and two NGOs (the Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) and Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK)), the results of the case study show that these two NGOs have helped women with economic empowerment, but that progress with women’s overall empowerment has been limited.
Keywords: women, empowerment, gender, microcredit, Bangladesh
JEL Classification: J16, O15, G23
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