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BRAC Community Empowerment Programme (CEP) aims at achieving socio-political empowerment of the rural poor, particularly women, by enabling them to build, secure and use socio-political assets to improve their wellbeing, exercise their rights, take advantage of new opportunities and play a more active role in public life.  We are directly reaching nearly one million rural women through a set of programmatic interventions in the areas of:

•    Community Institution Building
•    Strengthening Local Governance
•    Access to Information
•    Addressing Violence against Women

We organise rural communities through democratic grassroots institutions called polli shomaj (a ward-level institution of poor women). Through these platforms, we create  awareness and build capacity for women's political participation and collective action against social injustice and exploitation. We use community media such as popular theatre and community radio to disseminate information to rural communities and mobilise them on a wide range of issues that affect their lives. At the same time, we engage with the local government to improve local governance through capacity building and institutional strengthening, gender sensitising, establishing forums of elected representatives who are women, and advocacy initiatives. Our objective is to help the local government become more transparent and responsive to the needs of the poor. We address violence against women through awareness raising andsupport services for victims. We increasingly emphasise on the engagement of men in the process of women's empowerment and to prevent violence against women.

Visit Radio Pollikontho's web portal at: http://pollikontho.communityradio.com.bd/
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