The overwhelming majority of women in Bangladesh are not only poor but also caught between two vastly different worlds; one determined by culture and tradition that confines their activities inside family homesteads and the other shaped by increasing landlessness and poverty that forces them outside into wage employment for economic survival.
Most women’s lives remained centred on their traditional roles, and they had limited access to markets, services, education, health care, and local government. This lack of opportunities contributed to the malnourishment and generally poor health of children and diminished family well-being.
In fact, acute poverty at the margin appeared to be hitting hardest at women. As long as women’s access to health care, education, and training remained limited, prospects for improved productivity among the female population remained poor. Women’s participation in economic activities shows great variations by gender, nature of activity, and place of residence. For example, more than three quarters of employed women of 15 years and above are found to be unpaid family labours.
Women’s development in Bangladesh centred on the six major sectors: education and technical training, water supply and sanitation, maternal health care, agriculture, industry, and access to credit.
TERF works closely with local NGOS and help increase women’s access to education, resources and services and to promote women’s employment and income generation to reduce poverty.
Our various rural income-generating activities include post harvest activities, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, agriculture, cane and bamboo works, silk reeling, hand-loom, and handicrafts.