Stand up for human dignity


Power structures foster human rights violations

The disregard of basic rights in Bangladesh is often caused by social power structures – violence and discrimination are the consequences. Indigenous groups are banished from their land. Widows do not receive their pensions. Children are forced into marriage. According to the WHO 57 % of women are facing direct violence. On the one hand Bangladesh’s economic growth provides opportunities but on the other hand it brings new human right violations: conflicts regarding land and other resources are escalating. Hidden as well as open violence are leading to new grief. The effects of climate change are enhancing this development.

Peaceful establishment of human rights

The human rights programme of NETZ focuses on Northern Bangladesh: Five human rights organisations mobilise active people to stand up for human rights - and we are supporting them. Through trainings, analysis, political dialogue and ideas for a peaceful conflict transformation*, we are strengthening the capabilities of volunteers and full-time professionals from the local to the national level.

Collective strength

7,400 people actively campaign against violence, child marriages and land grabbing. In a catchment area of 2 million people, they are strengthening human rights. Organised in groups, they enable people from socially disadvantaged groups to receive the social benefits that they are entitled to by law. Moreover, they prevent corruption as well as arbitrariness and hold politicians and state administration accountable on many levels. They also prevent violence against women and child marriages. 4,800 students from 32 high schools are being trained in theatrical techniques to visualize violence against women in order to encourage gender justice. Altogether we understand our aspirations as a commitment towards strengthening activist action in Bangladesh and fostering democratic ideals of participation and representation of interests of discriminated groups in the public sphere.

Positive effects

These human rights groups then again act as role models for other’s in the public striving for change. By promoting the inclusion of women, minorities and young people framed by sound planning they create successful approaches visible all across the country.

Become a partner of human rights!

Support the commitment for human rights to overcome violence. Your donation helps to conduct trainings, public actions and the peaceful transformation of conflicts. With 58 Euro you promote the commitment of a human rights activist for twelve months. 1,450 Euro enable a human rights group to work for one year on a district level.

NETZ e.V. Bangladesch

Volksbank Mittelhessen
IBAN: DE82 513 900 0000 0000 6262

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* A conflict is by definition the incompatibility of objectives. Conflict transformation means the commitment and dialogue to transform and redesign the interests and values of all groups and actors involved in the conflict.

This involves making sure that

1) Values and interests that contradict each other, become compatible with human rights and basic needs and

2) the actors design future projects that they themselves classify in such a way that they lead to mutual and equal benefits.

Conflict transformation is successful if the results are not only accepted and considered beneficial by all those involved, but also if they are sustainable. Therefore, contemplation, creativity and empathy are required. Conflict transformation is not only conflict settlement but includes violence prevention that goes beyond the mere resolution of conflicts. 

Stand up for human dignity

Stand up for human dignity

With a donation of 540 € you support one local human rights committee with 10 members for one year and make it  strong – against violence and discrimination.

"Together with local partners, NETZ is committed to sustainable changes and equality in society with empathic respect, dedication and sincerity."


Dagmar Schwarze-Fiedler

Phone: 0 (049) 64 41 - 9 74 63-10