SHE CAN Project

ActionAid Bangladesh engages in the Safe Cities for Women Campaign with a view to raise awareness about the existence of sexual violence against women and girls  and the gender responsiveness of  the urban public spaces. Originated from the previous experience of women right's work across the ActionAid (AA) federation, so far, 'safe cities for women campaign' is active in 20 countries where ActionAid operates and out of them 4 countries have launched the campaign which includes Bangladesh. The SHE CAN project complements with the safe cities for women campaign. It is a 3 year multi-country project operating in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

ActionAid Bangladesh, with its implementing partner Population Services and Training Center (PSTC), has been implementing the SHE CAN project since  November, 2014 for assembling a city safe for women and girls from sexual violence and fear of sexual violence in public spaces with an emphasis of women and girls enjoy their rights in a city. 


To increase safety, mobility and access to justice and improving gender-responsive public services for vulnerable women and girls living in cities in Bangladesh.

The project will achieve results in following areas

  • Women and girls are aware of their rights and know how to take actions to enhance their safety and access to justice (legal aid, victim support etc.).
  • Women and girls’ networks and coalitions mobilised and supported to actively lead local and national solidarity movements to demand an end to VAWG.
  • Duty-bearers, employers and public and private sector services in the cities are more responsive to women and girls’ rights to Safe Cities.
  • Campaigns in the cities lead to greater respect for women and girls’ rights and public support for the Safe Cities campaign from women, girls, men, boys and duty-bearers.

Project Area

7 Metropolitan Cities; Narayanganj, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Barisal, Rangpur and Khulna in Bangladesh.

The UKAID grant given for the project is GBP 298,759.

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