NAGORIK UDDYOG

The name "Nagorik Uddyog" (The Citizen's Initiative) epitomizes the organization's fundamental goal as well as the strategies and activities it utilizes to achieve this goal. Nagorik Uddyog promoting people's participation and access to democracy, rights, justice & development.

Since its establishment 1995, Nagorik Uddyog (NU) has worked to strengthen local government in Bangladesh via the dual imperatives of, on the one hand, raising awareness among the general masses of people's basic human rights and, on the other, building people's capacity to pursue and realize these rights.

NU recognizes that democratic elections are by themselves insufficient in fulfilling democracy. The poor, marginalized and disadvantaged must be given the power to participate in and contribute to all those decision-making processes that affect their lives. Accordingly, NU strives to provide an enabling condition for the people to set up institutions and mobilize themselves.

NU holds special interest in democratizing the historically gender-imbalanced "Shalish", Bangladesh's traditional rural dispute-resolution system. A fair and equitable Shalish entails unprecedented access to justice for rural women - the 'poorest of the poor' in this country - and in turn a new and exciting horizon in Bangladesh's development journey.

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NEWS & EVENTS

  • Research Book Summary: Bringing Dalit Women to the Forefront: Realities and Challenges

    There are approximately 160 million people in Bangladesh. Although more than 80 percent of the population are Bengali Muslims, there is still significant diversity in terms of ethnicity, religion, language, etc. The Dalits are one category among these diverse groups who have received special attention in recent years, both internationally and nationally.

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  • BANGLADESH STATE OF MINORITIES REPORT-2016

    The focus of this report is minority groups in Bangladesh – their life and security, socio-economic conditions, political participation and culture and identity. It also discusses the three main categories of minorities - religious, ethnic and linguistic. ...

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  • DALIT WOMEN IN BANGLADESH: ACCESS TO ECONOMIC RIGHTS

    Dalits, in general, are one of the most marginalized groups in Bangladesh and are ofen subject to discriminatory treatment. They have been oppressed by the dominant groups historically. The majority of the Dalits is very poor, under privileged and has limited job opportunites.

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  • Land and Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples of the Plain Land in Bangladesh

    Around 3.5 lakh Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of plain land in the northern districts (16 districts under Rajahsahi and Rangpur Divisions) of Bangladesh are subject to various types of violence because of their indigenous identity,

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