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Social Protection

Enhancing Social Protection for Female Tea Garden Workers and their Families in Sylhet Division, Bangladesh

Sustainable Development Goals

The programme brief description

Through this Joint Programme, female tea garden workers and their families in Sylhet Division, one of the most left behind population groups of the country, will enjoy strengthened and more coordinated access to national social protection coverage and local social services, in a more empowering and non-discriminatory environment contributing to decent work. On the ground, the women and their families, as well as trade unions, will be more empowered to claim their rights to social protection and development, information and participation, as well as labour rights. A combination of upstream policy and legislative advocacy, dialogue and coordination; data generation, analysis and coordination; capacity development for increased system strengthening, service delivery and access, and individual and institutional empowerment and skills training, will be jointly carried out by partnering UN agencies. The programme’s objectives include: 

  • Reduce the prevalence of stunting among children under 5 years of age to 12
  • Reduce the maternal mortality ratio to 70 per 100,000 live births 
  • Ensure 100% completion rate of primary education 
  • Reduce the proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married before age 18 to 10%
  • Reduce the proportion of youth population (15-29 years) not in education, employment or training to 10% 
  • Increase the proportion of children under 5 years of age whose births have been registered with a civil authority to 100% 


The Joint Programme will lead to acceleration of multiple SDGs, follow a gendered life cycle and Leave No One Behind approach and address the right to development and related human rights. It also addresses a systemic barrier to gender equality and women’s and youth empowerment that have resulted in exclusion of the tea garden workers, notably women, in accessing basic social services. Yet the programme will also improve social security coverage for men living in tea garden worker communities.

Target groups

Women, children, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, minorities, indigenous peoples, rural workers, migrants, human rights defenders, victims of slavery, torture, trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse, persons living in extreme poverty.




Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 2,000,000

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Labour and Employment; Prime Minister’s Office; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Ministry of Women and Children Affairs; Ministry of Social Welfare; Ministry of Primary and Mass Education; Ministry of Public Administration Divisional Commissioner; Bangladesh Shishu Academy

January 1, 2020 to January 31, 2022 (25 months)

Financial Information