Shokhi is a project in Urban Bangladesh that aims to sensitize and create awareness amongst women, adolescents and men in the local community regarding sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), violence against women and girls (VAWG) and workers’ rights.

Women living in urban slums in Dhaka face severe obstacles in realizing their legal, sexual, reproductive, and economic rights, in both the private and public sphere. Despite improvements in the legal framework and institutional infrastructure for the protection of women’s rights, women in slums continue to remain vulnerable to various forms of rights deprivations, including significant levels of gender-based violence.

The primary beneficiaries of this project are women in the targeted slum areas, with a focus on working women, who make up 33% of the total female population in the slums. This includes women working in garment factories and in households as domestic workers. Secondary beneficiaries include other female workers, men, family members, the local community as well as those in nearby slums, employers, and relevant stakeholders for urban programming, all of whom will be sensitized on the relevant issues. The project is estimated to directly benefit nearly five hundred thousand slum dwellers and relevant stakeholders.


The project aims to address these obstacles using a few approaches. This includes:

  • Community-mobilization and awareness raising activities to challenge discriminatory attitudes and social norms.
  • Providing information and educating the community on health issues and legal rights.
  • Encouraging advocacy amongst stakeholders to increase the protection of women’s rights.
  • Increasing service provision in the slums.

The SHOKHI project is implemented by a consortium of four partners – Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition (BWHC), Marie Stopes Bangladesh, and the We Can campaign. In addition it is also supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).