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Networking & Alliances

ACD coordinates various networks and alliances to implement and organize different activities and to undertake policy advocacy initiatives. It uses micro level experiences for macro level policy reform advocacy. ACD has successfully involved different stakeholders and brought them together behind the different campaign and advocacy issues. ACD is involved with the following networks and alliances:

Local Links and Network:

ACD has developed a network and cooperation with 38 Non Government Organizations on northern region of Bangladesh and working for promotion of human right and prevention and protection of women and children from violence, abuse and exploitation. ACD has developed Civil Society Network Citizen Alliance for Promoting Transparency and Accountability for promotion of citizen rights through promoting transparency and accountability of local government.

Linkages with Government:

ACD is member of: 1) District Acid Control Committee, 2) Counter Trafficking Committee, 3) District Legal Aid Cell, 4) District Task force Committee and Sub district Task force Committee, 5) District Information Communication Technology Committee, 6) District Shishu Bikash Kendra, 7) Divisional Child Labor Welfare Committee, 8) Standing Committee on Violence against Women and Children, 9) District Advisory Committee of Right to Information Act, 10) Department of Social Welfare for the support to victim of juvenile, 11) District Disaster Committee, 12) Case Coordination Committee.

ACD is member of the following organizations:
Name of organization Brief of the organization Nature of cooperation status with ACD
One Stop Crisis Centre (OCC)

OCC has been founded to provide comprehensive care to survivors of domestic violence, burn and sexual assault. It is a multi sectoral program under Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

A Counselor of ACD provides counseling support to the violence affected women and girls who come to the OCC of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. ACD provides rehabilitation support to the survivors of OCC if needed.
Victim Support Centre (VSC)

VSC is governed by the Ministry of Home Affairs through the Bangladesh Police. The role of VSC is to comfort and assist victims in the aftermath of the crime from which they have suffered, to advise them of the remedial processes and to guide them through the ensuing prosecution of the person accused of the crime.

Victims are referred to ACD’s shelter home for institutional care and support.
National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC)

Functional arm of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for tobacco control activities in Bangladesh.

ACD is a member organization and works for tobacco control movement.
GO (government organization)-NGO Coordination Committee on Combating Women and Child Trafficking Task Force Committee government by Ministry of Home Affairs on Protection of Trafficking of Women and Children. ACD is a member of the committee and works on National Plan of Action on Trafficking in Persons and for protection, prosecution, rescue, anticipation, repatriation and integration of victims.

National links and network:

Name of organization Brief of the organization Nature of cooperation status of ACD ACD’s involvement
Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC), Bangladesh

Prevention of trafficking in children and women and their sexual exploitation.

Member ACD facilitates advocacy, creates awareness and social mobilization, and support activities to resist inhuman and heinous offences like exploitative sexual crime and trafficking in women and children.
Disadvantaged Adolescents Working  NGOs  Forum Empowering and protecting adolescents. Member ACD implemented projects and program with support of DAWN forum.
Election Working Group

Free and fair elections and good governance in Bangladesh.

Member ACD  works on civic education.
Campaign for Popular Education

Popular education movement in Bangladesh.

Affiliate member ACD is involved in literacy and non-formal education movement.
Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum

An apex body of development organizations working for child rights in Bangladesh.

Member of General Body Local and national level movement on child rights.
Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance

Reduction in tobacco use, tobacco control agenda and working together for strong law, policy, and public awareness.

Member ACD is involved for tobacco control movement.
Bangladesh Girls Power Alliance Elimination of gender-based violence against girls and young women. Member Policy advocacy support for violence prevention programs.
Child Rights Governance Assembly (CRGA)

Children, Youth and adults equally and actively contribute within a unified civil society platform to the promotion of child rights through a more responsive and child friendly governance system at all levels.

Member ACD is in involved in Alternative report and Universal Periodic Report (UPR) preparation.
Tamak Birodhi Nari Jote (TABINAJ)

Anti-tobacco alliance of women in Bangladesh which has taken up anti-tobacco campaign to save women, men and children from the hazards of tobacco.

Member ACD is actively lobbying for implementation of Tobacco Control Law.
Shamajik Protirodh Committee Ensuring women’s human rights. Member ACD works for local and national level policy and combating violence against women.
Engage Men & Boys-promoting gender justice

Engage men and boys to promote human values and positive practices to change attitude and behavior to end gender based violence/ violence against women in order to ensure gender justice.

General Member Promote social movement and engage men and boys to challenge the perpetrators and hegemony forms of masculinity creating gender based violence and injustice.
Shishu Shurokkhay Amra Breaking the vicious cycle: protecting children from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Member Prevention, protection and reintegration of survivors.
National Action and Coordinating Group against Violence against Children (NACG)

NACG has been established in each South Asia Country and linkages are developed to the regional South Asia Coordinating Group on Action against Violence against Women and Children and the apex body of SAARC. The purpose is to strengthen inter-agency work including with governments and children groups to end violence against women and children. The networks works issue based action (child marriage, trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation, corporal punishment and child labour).

Executive Member ACD works for community based child protection systems that would effectively protect children against abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.
Credit development Forum Creating and maintaining an enabling environment for microfinance for its fight against poverty. Member Enabling environment for economic empowerment of women.
National Alliance for Migrants’ Rights Migrants’ Rights Member

International links and network:

Name of organization Brief of the organization Nature of cooperation status of ACD ACD’s involvement
Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)

Regional network of non-government organizations, associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers.

Member ACD is involved in the movement related to discriminatory laws and policies, violence against women migrants, unjust living conditions, unemployment in the homeland and other issues affecting migrant workers.
ECPAT International Global social movement for protection of children from sexual exploitation (CSEC). Affiliate Group Member ACD has implemented several projects supported by ECPAT and involve in regional level programs on CSEC and child prostitution.
Ashoka Innovation for the Public Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. Fellow ACD’s Executive Director is an Ashoka fellow.

Anti Slavery International Draw attention to the continuing problem of slavery in the world and to recognize courageous campaigning by organizations or individuals in the country’s most affected. Award recipient ACD got anti slavery award 2001

Cross Border Anti Trafficking Network (CBATN) Coalition of civil society organizations focused towards promoting safe migration and annihilation of human trafficking. The modus operandi of the organization includes creation of alternate livelihood avenues for the underprivileged communities in the region along the Indo-Nepal border. Member ACD is involved in cross border advocacy to prevent incidents of human trafficking occurring at the transit phase of migration for livelihood.
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Promote and defend the human rights of all migrants and their families against the threat of an increasingly globalised labour market and calls for safety standards for migrant workers in the process of migration and in the formal and informal work sectors. Member ACD share knowledge and discussion on issues related to trafficking, forced labour, migration and human rights. ACD’s staffs are provided staffs capacity building support by GAATW