What we do

SAFE is an action research project that is a mixture of research and programmatic intervention activities with different kinds of interventions targeted at different levels and research findings being fed back into the program. Thus, SAFE is multi-level. Implemented by the consortium of five partners, SAFE is also multi-sectoral as it brings together actors in the sectors of health, legal, and community mobilization using a joined up approach. This project is expected to create demand and raise voice for SRHR services, and services for dealing with violence against women through awareness raising campaigns and creation of an enabling environment in the community. It would also ensure provision of such services. Thus, SAFE employs a holistic approach with multi-level and multi-sectoral interventions. The strategy is to create demand based on consent and choice through individual and community level awareness raising coupled with enabling environment creation through advocacy and networking services, and then linking the demand from individuals and the community with the provision of health and legal services.

SAFE works in three domains:

  1. freedom from violence;
  2. sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and adolescent girls;
  3. legal provisions ensuring these rights.

with key focus on women’s rights to exercise choice and consent.

About Safe

Growing Up Safe and Healthy (SAFE) is testing out an intervention for promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and reducing violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Dhaka slums, Bangladesh. It seeks in particular to foreground women’s and girls’ rights to choice and consent with regard to marriage, sex and childbearing.