UN Women News
29 January 2018
The idea is simple, and makes perfect sense—when women are empowered economically and are part of decision-making in their communities, societies are more cohesive and more peaceful.
It’s Wednesday morning in Dinajpur, a rural district in the northern part of Bangladesh. A group of women sit in a circle sipping tea, their children playing at their feet, as they prepare for a meeting. They are known in the community as “Polli Shomaj Women” [community-based women’s group], and they come from all walks of life—teachers, mothers, students, local elites and members of the local government—convened by a new programme supported by UN Women and BRAC.
They have assembled to discuss how to prevent violent extremism in their own communities. Often the go-to persons for resolving community disputes, together with other members of the community, the women are a critical part of the Dinajpur Community Action group.