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NUK has mostly focusing on it's restructuring and transition from its more donors dependency to self-sufficiency and sustainability reflecting on the organization’s bright future as a pathfinder in the field of its women’s empowerment agenda. NUK has working to seek out new opportunities and modify approaches built on NUK’s comparative advantages for the future.

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We believe that listening to the unheard voices of the women and adolescent girls of our country can provide us with a different, valuable perspective on the economic hidden power of women whose hand can also share a burden for living and help live life better than ever. This is why we help to provide opportunities for them to communicate their views in their own way.

Working together, we can contribute to building better lives for the most deserving and can look ahead to a better future for them.

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Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK)

NUK 25 Years Celebration

Established in 1991, Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK) is a national non-government women's organization, mandated to promote gender equality, human rights and fostering personal and political empowerment of women and girls in Bangladesh. It provides capacity building support, networking and human rights advocacy to women and her relevant organizations.

During NUK's journey over the last 25 years, it has gained substantial and diversity of experience in implementing and developing model projects in the gender dimension. Due to its uncompromising spirit of gender equality, NUK has been recognized as advocate of gender equality and a potential organization of pro-women and pro-girls organization. Since its inception, NUK has been supported by international foundations, missions, bilateral and multilateral agencies. As a progressive organization and a Centre of Excellence for women empowerment, it has also been receiving support and cooperation from the individuals, government agencies, financial institutions and the corporate bodies.

NUK is a pioneer in working with garment workers, and significant player in local government capacity building and has accumulated more than 25 years of experience.


NUK's long-term vision is to empower women and girls to make them aware about their individual rights, train those to act collectively and promote gender equality through education, networking and advocacy at the state, society and community levels.

This vision is aligned with national development efforts contained in the Government of Bangladesh's Poverty Reduction Strategy (2005-7) and Millennium Goals, which emphasises participatory governance and the advancement of women.

Development Goal

NUK's immediate development goal is to support women's leadership and representation in local government bodies, education institues, workplace and national level with sufficient critical mass to affect social norms, development policy and programmes in favour of women.


NUK will adopt the following principles in its work and use these to make strategic choices about the kind of activities it will engage in. These principles are independence, inclusion, innovation, non-confrontation, adding value, empowerment and value for money



Recent Activities


National Workshop on "NUK's Journey towards Empowering Garment Industry and Women" in celebration of NUKs 25th Anniversary



National Workshop on "Sport for Empowerment of Women and Girls" in celebration of NUKs 25th Anniversary



National Policy Dialogue on Gender in Eye Health Care in Bangladesh



Delegates from Yunnan Provincial Women's Federation visited Nari Uddug Kendra and Bangladesh Women's Foundation



Gender in Eye Health Care Research Dissemination in Indonesia



Sports and physical Activities for Womens Empowerment - Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK)

NUK supported by Women Win conducted an extensive research project, interviewing stakeholders across sectors on the status of sport for girls in Bangladesh. As a result, it has successfully influenced the government of Bangladesh to approve gender training for all female leadership and decision-making positions in the 64 district offices, and women's wings are being started in each sports federation, an element notably absent in the past.

NUK has effective advocacy approaches on local and national levels and in increasing the number of sports for women's rights programs. Additionally, NUKs experience with gender-based violence is being tapped for guideline development. Founder Mashuda Khatun Shefali has been an ASHOKA fellow since 1992. The International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) has been a co-partner with Women Win since 2008 in supporting the work of NUK.


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