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Supporting Disability Activists in Bangladesh.

Learn more about our work in Bangladesh and meet some of the activists we work with.

A vibrant movement.

Violence and discrimination towards disabled people were widespread before an organised disability movement was formed in Bangladesh. Children and women were the worst affected.

In 1995 we began working with a handful of dedicated, exceptional disabled people. With limited resources, the growth of the disability movement since then has been phenomenal, due to the commitment and determination of disability activists.

We now work with activist groups in more than 25 of the 64 districts of Bangladesh, covering nearly one third of the country.

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Giving disabled people in Bangladesh a voice

Read about our urgent campaign to help disability activists get a seat at the table in Bangladesh and dismantle the barriers that keep disabled people excluded.

Key issues we work on

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Women's Rights

50% of disability activists in Bangladesh are women, who often experience abuse. We support organisations tailored to the specific issues facing these women

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Accessing Rights

We help disability activists grow a political voice and representation, to hold powerholders to account and claim their rights

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Employment

We work with disability activists to make sure disabled people can access jobs, loans and training to boost their independence and economic wellbeing

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Pioneering mental health work.

In Bangladesh, the lack of information and mental health practitioners leads people to seek help from traditional healers, with damaging and potentially fatal consequences. We partner with activists to change this.

Meet the Activists

Kaddush, Bangladesh

Kaddush, Bangladesh

Kaddush is visually impaired. For a long time he was ashamed and isolated, but he now leads an organisation of over 4,000 disabled members fighting for disability equality.

Pushpa, Bangladesh

Pushpa, Bangladesh

"I am Pushpa Rani. I live in South Central Bangladesh. I am 50 years old but I have had to spend my life crawling around like a child." Read how disability activists helped Pushpa re-discover her purpose, value and dignity.

Minnie Akter, Disability Activist, Bangladesh

Minnie Akter, Disability activist.

"In our area disabled women are more vulnerable to violence and abuse than disabled men. We wanted to do something help, so we went to ADD International and they said, ‘you decide how you want to proceed and we will help’."

Let's build movements together

Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.