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Empowerment and Skill Development of Indigenous Peoples

There are about 54 indigenous communities of which 41 are living in plain land and 13 are in CHT. All together there are around 4.0 million living in 34 districts of Bangladesh out of 64 Districts. The Indigenous Peoples of plain land are most scattered, deprived and vulnerable. They are the poorest of the poor and face most pervasive form of social exclusion only comparable with untouchability. Most of the IPs depend on agriculture. Majority of them are landless and day labor which often causes deprivation of fair wage for men and women with mainstream labor. Due to lack of technology & vocational skill, hands on skill and education, IPs income attributes are less diverse. Hence they earn little to afford their family and their children. In this way they are kept under continuous vicious circle of poverty. The condition and position of IPs of plain land in the area of empowerment, leadership, access to information, justice and local government services are even worse off. No regional level movement and platform come out into effect where they can seek their constitutional claims to national level. The situation of women is far negligence than to male counterpart. As literacy rate among the IPs of plain land is very poor therefore there is no strong movement come into effects. Though there are small number of IPs led movement are evolving at nascent level which fail to address IPs concerns and issues appropriately, keeping their claims aside and unheard to policy level. The cultural settings of IPs of plain land also are diverse, complex composite, and close to nature that helps to shape Bangladeshi culture in pluralistic nature. But these vibrant, lively, non-communal and egalitarian cultures are gradually losing ground due to lack of their awareness and attention from government & non government actors. Many festivals, rituals, tradition, custom, food habit, world view, dress and attire, have been lost from live and psyche of indigenous peoples. Now and then IPs always think of eviction and extinction from their ancestral land. Based on the above problems, the proposed project tries to encompass holistic approach to include all areas of concern for IPs of plain land. To increase and diverse the source of household income, various technical & vocational training like automobile, tailoring, computer, electrical engineering are to be provided. After completion of these trainings unemployed youths of IPs enter into income sector and contribute to their family to overcome their poverty. Providing training on leadership and capacity building for youths is to be trained up on issues like human rights, gender, leadership, advocacy & lobbying. Human rights defenders (HRD) are to be developed under this situation. These HRDs should act upon as vanguard for them while any kinds of human rights violation i.e. land grabbing, eviction, torture, rape, threat and sexual harassment occurred against IPs through uniting own community people at local and national level, organizing human chain event, press conference, fact finding visit with civil society teams, and raising their voice continuously to reach towards authority concerns. In order to protect and promote indigenous culture, interventions are to be taken such organizing cultural program at district and national level, awareness raising campaign regarding IPs culture. During the cultural event book/publication containing indigenous culture, festivals, rituals, food habit and customs are to be produced for sensitizing policy makers and mass peoples towards indigenous peoples friendly.

Goal of the projet

  • Sensitized Plain Land IP-Communities are exercising their Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and are having diversified income opportunities.

Objective of the project

  • 238 youths and young Human Rights Defenders from indigenous communities in the districts of Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Sherpur (previously under Mymensingh district) and Dhaka have developed their capacities and skills for empowerment and livelihood development.


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