People`s Participation and Access to Democracy Rights, Justice and Development

Advocacy

NU is currently involved in advocating the issues related to our focus areas and programmes at both local and national levels.

At the local level:

Locally, NU focuses on ensuring the implementation of existing laws and policies aimed at protecting women and improving their rights. Focus is also placed on helping ensure the provision of poor peoples access to basic services, the greater use of government legal aid support, the effective participation of women elected representatives at the union council, the activation of the arbitration council of local government, and the strengthening of the local government’s standing committees.

At the national level:

NU focuses on fomulation, implementation of laws, policies, international convention and commitment in regard to human rights, rights of Dalits and excluded groups, promoting justice, environment, health, education, women rights, labor rights and gender issues. NU undertakes national level advocacy and lobby from organizational strenght as well as networking with other CSOs, individuals and platforms.

Collaboration with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Bangladesh:

Nagorik Uddyog is member of three thematic committees of NHRC and one special committee: 1) Dalit, Hijra and other Marginalized Committee, 2) Committe of Child Rights, Child Labor, Anti Trafficking and Migration, 3) Committe for the protection of religious and ethnic minorties and non-citizen’s rights. NU also a member of Project Implementation Committee (PIC) of NHRC and UNDP collaborative human rights programme.

Network and campaign

NU has affiliations or linkages with both national and international organizations.  These affiliations strengthen NU’s ability to affect positive change in Bangladeshi society by synergizing its efforts with organizations and institutions that share NU’s vision.  By consolidating their power, these networks impart greater pressure on the public administration.

National Level

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Name of the Networks/ Alliances

NU Status

Work Focused On

1

Bangladesh Human Rights Forum (BHRF)- a coalition of 19 human rights organizations

Member of Steering Committee

·         Prepare UPR report- already submitted two cycles civil society national report at UN;

·         Submitted alternative Civil and political Rights report at UN;

·         Continuous advocacy and lobbying at national and international level to implement UPR recommendations;

2

Shushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan)

CEO of NU is holding the position of Joint Secretary of National committee

·         A platform of civil society organizations work across the country to promote good governance and strengthening electoral process for institutionalizing democratic process.

3

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)

CEO of NU is holding the position of Joint Secretary

·         A platform of hundreds local and national level organizations and individual civil society members is working to promote and protect environment in Bangladesh.

4

Citizens’ Initiatives for Domestic Violence (CIDV)

Member

·         A platform of 30 NGOs is working to protect domestic violence

·         This platform played the key role to enact the Domestic Violence Act, 2010

5

Governance Advocacy Forum

Member

·         A platform of 35 national level organizations is advocating for strengthening local government

6

Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM)

Advisor

·         A national platform to promote the rights of the Dalit

7

Campaign for Right to Food and Social Security (RtF&SS)

NU works as Secretariat

·         A national level network to promote the concept of right to food, advocacy to enact right to food law and awareness raising on social security issues.

8

Water Rights Forum

Core Committee Member

·         A platform of 7 national organizations is working for right to water, river saving and awareness raising on trans- boundary water issues.

9

Bangladesh Water Integrity Network

Core Committee Member

·         A platform of 17 national human rights organizations is working on water management for water integrity issues.

10

Bangladesh Labour Rights Forum

NU works as Secretariat

·         A platform of 30 labor rights organizations to promote rights of the informal sector workers and advocating to enact a law for informal sector

·         Advocated for recently approved Domestic Workers’ Welfare Policy

11

Campaign on Citizens Right to Information (CCRTI)

NU works as Secretariat

·         A platform advocated for enacting RTI law since 2003

·         It is working to improve transparency and accountability by using RTI act

·         Capacity building to using RTI act

12

National Girl Child Advocacy Forum

Member

·         A national platform is working for promoting rights of girl child.

13

Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh

Partner

·         Being encouraged by the two features of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) i.e. transformative and inclusive and remaining committed to implementing 2030 Agenda, a group of individuals has taken an initiative to set up the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh with the objective to contribute to the delivery of the SDGs and enhance accountability in its implementation process.

International Level

#

Name of the Networks/ Alliances

NU Status

Work Focus

1

Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF)

Kathmandu, Nepal,

Executive Member

Works to promote Dalit human rights in Asia region and lobbying at UN level.

2

Network of Improved Policing in South Asia (NIPSA)

Member

A regional network of individuals and organizations to promote and enhance civil society participation in police reform debates and influence legal and policy changes towards better policing.

3

South Asian Feminist Alliance for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (SAFA)

Core committee Member

A coalition of feminists from South Asian countries is actively pursuing the realization of economic, social and cultural rights of women

4

Global Legal Empowerment Network (NAMATI)

Member

A global network of the people and organizations involving promoting grassroots legal empowerment.

5

Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD),

Bangkok, Thailand

Member

A platform is working on women empowerment and capacity building of women at Asia pacific region.

6

Food First International Action Network (FIAN International)

Heidelberg, Germany

Member

An international platform working for right to adequate food globally.

7

Habitat International Coalition (HIC)

Member

A global network for the rights to habitat and social justice.

8

South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)

Kathmandu, Nepal

Member

SAAPE’s main focus is poverty eradication through policy research, advocacy, lobbying and campaign works on five key themes, which are priority concerns for civil society in all countries of the region.

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