65%

of married women in Bangladesh reported that they have experienced physical violence committed by their current husbands during their lifetime

33%

of women do not seek medical attention after experiencing spousal violence in fear of their husbands

26%

of women report being forced to have sex with their husband

BLAST’s core activities focus on legal aid (advice, referral, mediation, litigation and community awareness) for the poor and those who are marginalised. Their work includes research, advocacy, public interest litigation and communications to address discriminatory and arbitrary laws. They also undertake capacity building and training for justice system officials.

 

BLAST has gained proven expertise in providing legal aid to poor and disadvantaged clients in 57,467 cases to date. Over the years, out of 115,182 applications received for legal assistance, BLAST has filed 82 public interest litigation cases before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, as part of its advocacy for law and policy reforms to address institutional obstacles to justice delivery. It regularly undertakes awareness programmes on legal rights for community members in its areas of operation, including family laws, criminal law and land laws and is involved in regular coordination meetings with local administration officials, in particular those within the judiciary, and with civil society organisations.

 

Sisters For Change is working with BLAST on research to evaluate legislative and policy reforms relating to violence against women and girls in Bangladesh over the last decade.

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