Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), is a non-government national organization supporting human rights and governance initiatives in Bangladesh. MJF provides funding and capacity building support to more than 240 organizations all over Bangladesh. It is also involved with partners to support national advocacy efforts that have set the agenda for human rights and governance policy-making in favour of the marginalized and excluded groups.
Vision: A world free from poverty, exploitation and discrimination where people live in freedom, dignity and human security.
• Inclusiveness and Equality
• Respect for Diversity
• Transparency and Accountability
• Gender sensitivity
Why is MJF Unique?
MJF is the only national organization in Bangladesh managing a large fund supporting Human Rights and Governance through small and mid-level local CSO’s. It also works with the most diverse group including women, children and marginalised groups such as sex workers, persons with disability, transgender, untouchable community etc. Most importantly, it has the ability to link grass root level activism with national policy advocacy thus creating a movement to reduce rights violation and ensure good governance. Most importantly, MJF through partners builds the capacity of people to raise their voices against rights violations, to demand good governance and access to quality services. MJF also works with public institutions (supply side) to ensure their responsiveness to public demand.
What Do We Do:
MJF provides funding and capacity building support to CSO’s on five major thematic issues:
1. Ensuring Rights of the Marginalised Population
2. Combating Violence against Women and Girls
3. Protection of Working Children and Vulnerable Workers
4. Ensuring Responsiveness of Public Institutions
5. Socio-economic Development of Chittagong Hill Tracts
MJF’s support to partners has resulted in preventing thousands of child marriages; prevention and services to women victims of violence; positive legislation and better services for marginalised groups; better working conditions for workers and removal of children from hazardous work; access to justice for women and children; and improved governance at local level.