Bangladesh continues to experience high levels of poverty with two in every five people living on less than US$1.25 a day.
For those in work, the situation is little better. More than three quarters of Bangladesh’s workforce earns less than US$2 a day and workers face job insecurity making it hard for people to save or plan for the future.
This is compounded by Bangladesh being one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Extreme weather including cyclone, floods and droughts regularly damage and destroy homes and belongings, further increasing levels of poverty.
Young people in Bangladesh
Unemployment and underemployment are particularly high among young people and many young women face barriers to gaining work at all; women make up half of the population, but only about a third of them are in the labour market.
Young men and women have little say in decisions affecting their communities which makes improving their situation more challenging still.
Our work in Bangladesh
Recognising that young women are amongst the most vulnerable members of Bangladeshi society, we work with the YWCA to improve maternal health and create opportunities for decent work through vocational training.
They are also helping women take the lead in reducing the impact of disasters in their communities by making sure people are better prepared.