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  

Mohammad Samiul Islam

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology - Department of Public Administration

Date Written: September 29, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Islam, Mohammad Samiul, Women's Empowerment in Bangladesh: A Case Study of Two NGOs (September 29, 2014). Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series BDRWPS 23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502890 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2502890

Mohammad Samiul Islam (Contact Author)

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology - Department of Public Administration ( email )

Akhalia
Sylhet, 3114
Bangladesh

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