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Workshop for SRHR projects in Bangladesh

Between 18 and 20 October Share-Net International, Share-Net Bangladesh and NWO-WOTRO organised the kick off workshop for the SRHR research projects in Bangladesh. In total 35 representatives from the different consortia attended this workshop in the Mauritszaal at KIT in Amsterdam.

The following research projects are currently being implemented in Bangladesh:

1. Theater intervention to engage young men in sexual education

BRAC University (project lead), Bandhu Social Welfare Society, National Institute of Mental Health Bangladesh (NIMH), KIKID Foundation and Erasmus University

2. Digital Sister for Urban Youth

University of Amsterdam (project lead), James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University and MayalogyPvt. Ltd.

3. Breaking the shame. Towards improving SRHR education for adolescents and youth in Bangladesh

Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute for Gender Studies in the Netherlands (project lead), BRAC University (Bangladesh), BRAC Institute of Global Health (Bangladesh) and Bangladesh SRHR alliance (Bangladesh).

4. Sexual and reproductive health and rights and young migrant women in Dhaka

VU University (project lead), Jahangir Nagar University, Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB), Bangladesh SanjuktaSramik Federation (BSSF), Indigenous Peoples Development Service (IPDS), HARC

5. Engaging Young Men to Prevent Violence in Bangladesh

Promundo-United States (project lead), Dhaka University (Bangladesh), Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (Bangladesh), United Nations Youth and Students Association (Bangladesh)

The workshop facilitated acquaintance, networking and linking both among the projects as well as between the projects and Share-Net and encouraged further exchange, learning and cooperation among parties. The workshop addressed both academic issues (sharing experiences / challenges concerning theoretical and methodological approaches, dealing with sensitivity of the topic, considering how to measure-progress towards- expected output/outcomes) and on research uptake: how to get results in policy and practice (considering

aspects of research uptake such as (strategies for) stakeholder engagement, communication and monitoring & evaluation). The kick off workshop was closed by a broader dissemination and networking event together with the broader Share-Net Netherlands community to inform them about the research projects and develop new collaborations. A short assessment of the workshop indicated that the workshop contributed to networking, team building, developing collaborations and knowledge exchange.