advocacy & Network


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

1Bangladesh Human Rights Forum (BHRF)-a coalition of 19 human rights organizationsMember 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.
2Shushasoner 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.
3Bangladesh 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.
4Citizens’ 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.
5Governance Advocacy ForumMember – A platform of 35 national level organizations is advocating for strengthening local government.
6Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM)Advisor– A national platform to promote the rights of the Dalit.
7Campaign 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.
8Water Rights ForumCore Committee Member– A platform of 7 national organizations is working for right to water, river saving and awareness raising on trans- boundary water issues.
9Bangladesh Water Integrity NetworkCore Committee Member– A platform of 17 national human rights organizations is working on water management for water integrity issues.
10Bangladesh 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
11Campaign 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.
12National Girl Child Advocacy ForumMember– A national platform is working for promoting rights of girl child.
13Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, BangladeshPartner– 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

1Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF) Kathmandu, Nepal.Executive Member Works to promote Dalit human rights in Asia region and lobbying at UN level.
2Network of Improved Policing in South Asia (NIPSA)MemberA 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.
3South Asian Feminist Alliance for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (SAFA)Core committee MemberA coalition of feminists from South Asian countries is actively pursuing the realization of economic, social and cultural rights of women.
4Global Legal Empowerment Network (NAMATI)MemberA global network of the people and organizations involving promoting grassroots legal empowerment.
5Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD), Bangkok, ThailandMemberA platform is working on women empowerment and capacity building of women at Asia pacific region.
6Food First International Action Network (FIAN International) Heidelberg, GermanyMember An international platform working for right to adequate food globally.
7Habitat International Coalition (HIC)MemberA global network for the rights to habitat and social justice.
8South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) Kathmandu, NepalMemberSAAPE’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.