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Appendix

Nari Uddug Kendra (Centre for Women’s Initiatives)

NUK, established in June 1991, is a non-governmental, women’s development support organisation. Their brochure states that the aim of the organisation is to establish women’s human rights based on an increased awareness and on programmes to alleviate women’s suffering from violence and insecurity, the dowry system, extreme vulnerability to poverty, various forms of discrimination

and overall intervention

marginalisation in the development process.

The development

of

NUK

concentrates

on

efforts

to

ensure

genuine

integration

of

women along with men into social leadership, access and control public resources, development objectives and policy formulation.

over

family

and

One of the main programmes of NUK is the

Development

Project.

The

majority

of

women

Garment working

Working Women’s in the industry are

recent migrants employment in

who have left the sheltered life the city. More than 80 percent

of a village family in are single and in their

search of twenties.

In cities, they have to adjust to a intimidation on their jobs, on the To counteract these difficulties,

rigid time schedule and to face harassment and streets and at their residences in the slum areas. NUK has set up a Shelter and Development

Centre program Currently NUK

combining various runs 4 hostels in

social and educational services with housing. various parts of Dhaka, namely Mohakhali

(since centre house

1991), Mohammadpur (1994), Mirpur (1997) and Rampura (1997).

Each

provides accommodation for 100

about

400

women.

NUK

has

to 150 women, and together the centres also been monitoring the situation of

retrenched workers such as embroidery

through their and job search

network and is conducting training techniques for retrenched workers.

in

things

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