Who We ArePHREB stands for Promoting Human Rights and Education in Bangladesh. We are a not-for-profit organization based in Chittagong in the south of Bangladesh, dedicated to fighting violence against women and girls.
We educate young people about human rights. In doing so we aim to empower girls and women to speak up when they are abused, to seek help for themselves or others in an abusive situation, and be leaders in their communities in the fight against gender based violence.
Our aim is to work towards a society in which every person enjoys the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights charters.
We want to make human rights a fact of life in Bangladesh.
Our HistoryFounded in 2004, PHREB emerged from an intensive study on violence against women and girls in the Chittagong region. One of the key findings is that there is an immense lack of awareness about human rights among women and girls, as well as men and boys. Coupled with this, the difficulty in accessing support for victims of violence means that it continues to be a serious issue for women and girls.
We began our first project Ending Violence against Girls and Women in 2005 with financial support from ICCO in the Netherlands.
We have received three awards from home and abroad for our contribution to fighting violence against women.
Read a first hand account here of the human rights atrocities facing the women of Bangladesh.
Our Values and PrinciplesPHREB stands for the following values and principles:
Achieve Gender Equality and Protect Women's Human RightsPHREB considers the promotion and protection of women's human rights is the most succinct and direct means by which to develop and sustain an equitable society.
Enable Girls to Lead the ChangePHREB recognizes the importance of giving girls agency to speak out, demand and access their fundamental rights and freedom.
Protect Girls and WomenPHREB recognizes the importance of all girls' right to access comprehensive education, information, services and resources that allow them to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS, unexpected pregnancy and abortion.
Promote Universal Access to Primary EducationPHREB recognizes the importance of girls' access to formal education and technology based vocational training for economic, social, political and cultural empowerment of women.
Engage Men and BoysPHREB believes that if we can create a change in the mindset of young male Bangladeshis and engage them in fighting violence against girls, we can break the cycle of violence against women and girls.
Organization and Governance
PHREB General Council ("GC")The general council is comprised of twenty one individuals with diverse backgrounds, including reproductive health specialists, educators, human and women rights activists, economists, social workers and attorneys. During the Annual General Meeting ("AGM"), the General Council elects members to the Executive Council, appoints an Executive Director, elects an independent and competent auditor to audit the accounts of the organization, reviews & approves PHREB's Annual Plan and Annual Budget drawn up by the Executive Council and reviews the audited accounts for the prior year.
PHREB Executive Council ("EC")The Executive Council ("EC") is comprised of seven individuals. The EC provides oversight and strategic direction to PHREB.
Apart from the Executive Director, the other six members of the Executive Council are non-executive members of PHREB. The members and honorary officers of the EC are elected for two year terms by the General Council at the Annual General Meeting.
The EC is responsible for the ongoing administration. It administers the resources of PHREB and prepares the organization's budget in accordance with the PHREB constitution. The EC formulates financial policy that is in accordance with the NGO Affairs Bureau and other statutory requirements.
PHREB Board of Directors ("BOD")The Executive Director is delegated by the governing board to run and manage the PHREB office and oversees the implementation of all its programs. Acting as the main decision making body, the Board of Directors is responsible for the day-to-day running of PHREB. As part of their role, regular meetings are held to review progress and discuss issues of concern. The core members of the Board of Directors are the Executive Director and Program Director. Other members include the Finance Manger, Team Leaders and the Overseas Director.
The National Advisory CouncilThe National Advisory Council provides advice to the Council and Board of Directors from time to time in relation to finance, program and administration matters. The National Advisory Council can elect one of their members to sit on the Executive Council.
The International Advisory CouncilThe PHREB Advisory Council provides assistance in promoting PHREB throughout the world. By discussing PHREB programs and activities to the media, at international development seminars and to other interested parties, the PHREB Advisory Council brings awareness of PHREB to the international stage. PHREB and the Advisory Council maintain a consistent dialogue about developments and innovations directly related to PHREB’s mandate. The Advisory Council also provides assistance with fundraising and networking.
DonorsPHREB is funded by Amnesty International (Sweden), Cordaid (Netherlands) and KIOS (Finland).
Our PartnersWe cannot accomplish our aim alone. Together with local and international organizations, networks and individuals, we are working for human rights to become a part of life in Bangladesh.
Locally we build alliances among girls, teachers, Imams, youth, local government, civil society members and organizations. In particular:
- Bangladesh Kishori Adhikar Forum (BKAF)
- Teachers Alliance for Safe School for Girls
- Imams Movement for Women's Rights Network
- The NGO Alliance on Women, Violence and AIDS
- Youth for Fair Climate
Nationally and internationally we have relationships with:
- ICCO (The Netherlands)
- The Rajdulari Foundation (Sweden)
- The Asian Human Rights Commission (Hong Kong)
- Amnesty International (Dutch and Swedish Chapters)
- WGNRR (The Netherlands)
- Global Network on Women's right to Livelihoods (India)
- Chittagong Social Development Forum (CSDF)
- Communities of Youth - International Alliance of Young People
- 16 Days Gender Activism Campaign