A lifeline for Bangladesh’s poorest, and Congolese rape victims search for justice
A “poverty graduation” scheme in Bangladesh that has already transformed the livelihoods of 1.7m of the poorest households is being analysed as a model for aid programmes to alleviate extreme poverty in the long term.
A “poverty graduation” scheme in Bangladesh that has already transformed the livelihoods of 1.7m of the poorest households is being analysed as a model for aid programmes to alleviate extreme poverty in the long term. Since it was launched more than a decade ago by a Bangladeshi charity, the Targeting the Ultra Poor scheme has offered not just a financial lifeline out of destitution but the education and skills needed to maintain prosperity.
As part of 16 days of activism against gender violence, Ruth Maclean reports on the mothers trying to protect their daughters and the elusive search for justice for rape survivors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where sexual violence remains widespread despite official efforts to portray the country as an example of how to combat it. Also, in our video, female activists from four countries talk about the risks they face because of their work protecting women’s rights.
Elsewhere on the site
Kasia Staszewska – Britain champions female refugees abroad only to fail them here
Mark Goldring – Five questions we should be asking about the impact of UK aid
Jessica Neuwirth – How to end gender violence? Give money to visionary local groups
What you said
On the opinion piece by Kasia Staszewska, LionelBlurred wrote:
Amnesty International would do far more good by focusing on pressuring the UN to step up and deliver more rights for billions of women around the world who live in countries where they are second-class citizens. Most vulnerable women around the world aren’t even in a position to get together the money to pay traffickers.
Highlight from the blogosphere
For WhyDev, Megan Giles looks at a Civicus report that paints a grave picture of the global state of human rights.
And finally …
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