Women’s inequality in Bangladesh
Despite positive strides in the last few years, extreme poverty has been a serious problem in Bangladesh. This is especially so for households headed by widowed, divorced, or abandoned women. Women are often employed in low productivity jobs.
This SDG Fund programme is led by UNDP, in partnership with ILO, local governments, and private partners. The goal is to assist women from ultra-poor and most vulnerable households to move out of poverty. The programme will be piloted in the Kurigram district in the north west and the coastal Satkhira district—the most affected by natural disasters and climate change. The programme aims to scale-up to 20 districts following implementation in the 2 pilot districts.
SWAPNO offers a scalable, government-owned model aimed at participants’ lasting exit from poverty. The women will be employed for 18 months in maintaining or rehabilitating important community assets, public works, and community service. The programme:
SWAPNO is also well aligned with national planning and policy instruments related to employment, poverty reduction, social protection, food security, and women’s empowerment.