Published: June 2019

This briefing is from the ‘Exploring effective practice’ project 2018-19 funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Global Challenges Research Fund. It reports on the findings of fieldwork, including a workshop conducted under the auspices of Dr Seuty Sabur and BRAC colleagues held in August 2018 with civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bangladesh. Inter alia, study participants represented different religions and those working to advance gender equality.1 The workshop was aimed at: exploring gender rights and religious freedom in Bangladesh; examining the key issues, progress and challenges in relation to civil society organizations’ work in advancing gender rights and religious freedom; and understanding the role CSOs play in upholding states’ obligations under international human rights treaties. The following sets out some of the key findings from the research.