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Naz Foundation, a distinguished UK-based global non-profit organization, undertook a comprehensive study on the intricate landscape of sexual and reproductive health needs of gender and sexual minority (GSM) communities in Bangladesh from October 1996 to March 1997 in Bangladesh, thoughtfully supported by the Ford Foundation.
In addition to a variety of risky sexual practices that increase the risk of STI/HIV infection, the study showed how the GSM groups in Bangladesh endure social marginalization, discrimination, and condemnation in access to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The study exhibited that people from these communities are compelled to conceal their diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, and SRHR concerns as a way to avert social persecution, harassment, and violence.
A circle of friends realized the vulnerability of this community considering the intolerance against this community perception and pioneered the effort to support their SRHR and human rights.
Who We Are
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu, Friend in English), voyaged in 1996, is a community-led, non-profit registered organization in Bangladesh dedicated towards the people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) of the country who we pronounce as gender diverse people (GDP). We have been registered by the Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW) and NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) of the Government of Bangladesh.
Ensuring a dignified by protecting human rights, promoting a sustainable livelihood, improving access to quality health care & enhancing access to social security & gender justice.
A society where people from all gender identities enjoy a quality life.
Bandhu Social Welfare Society(Bandhu) operates within its own Strategic Plan/Framework designed for every five years with a focus to achieve organizational mission and vision through ensuring services on SRHR needs and overall wellbeing of gender diverse population of the country.
Our 5th SF for 2022-26 outlines three key challenges faced by gender-diverse people (GDP), encapsulated as the 'circle of oppression':
To address these issues and promote human rights and gender justice, we are implementing the 'circle of empowerment' focusing on:
and gender-based violence.
Our goal is to improve the quality of life for GDP by achieving four key outcomes:
To foster these, we incorporate cross-cutting actions
Through our strategic actions, we contribute to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)