Dunstan Mubangizi
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  • Bangladesh
  • Organisational Development Adviser,…
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I have a diverse background, having traversed and worked in over 3 countries in south Asia (Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Thailand) . I am pursuing a masters degree in Social Sector Planning and Management, I have a post graduate training in project planning and management, as well as a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, with focus on Social Administration and Political Science and speak several languages. Currently, I am the Executive Director for Regional Center for Health governance and Development Studies (HEDE). Our Mission is to work towards the creation of an enabling environement in which the disadvantaged people can assert and protect their rights.HEDE carry a vision of building a just, equitable and sustainable conflict free society for all.
HEDE pursue 3 crosscutting themes, namely gender, right based approach and advocacy in all of its programs.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
I have expertise in issues of health governance and secure livelihoods.I have worked in Uganda, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Thailand
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Organisational Development Adviser, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)-Bangladesh
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Mainstreaming, Culture, Facilitation, Gender, Health, Human Rights, Organizational Development
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Evaluation, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Drug abuse and the increase in the HIV infection rate among the adolescents in Uganda.
Drug abuse and crime increase among the school going adolescents. A case study of Uganda secondary schools.
The reproductive health challenges faced by brothel based adolescent Sex Workers. A case study of Faridpur in Bangladesh
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications


Technically,the Prostitution in Bangladesh is neither legal or illegal.It exists as a result of inconsistencies in the legal framework.prostitutes do not have any legal protection,nor do the Bangladesh government take legal measures to combart it.

In the whole of Bangladesh, there are about 14 well known brothels where women and girl child get involved in the sex trade.As is the case in many south Asian countries,they are underprevlledged,abused,exploited and face harsh conditions of living.they are powerless and vulnerable towards brothel landlords, madam (old sex workers),pimps,traffickers,mastan,who in most cases have the blessings of the local authorities including the police.

Commercial sex workers do not enjoy any rights like any other citizens in the country,which is ensured in the constitution of the people;s Republic of Bangladesh. The right to equal and adequate living standards,life and personal property,protection by the law and legal remedies,own property,movement, and simply the right and freedom to be free from exploitation of any kind are some of the common violations,on which the government authorities tend to prefer to turn a blind eye!

Over the years, the government of Bangladesh has enacted several laws in order to regulate the commercial sex work/prostitution,with greater focus on preventing women and girl child from sexual exloitation, but in actual sense, the opposite has been very vivid and practical! we see young girls recruited into sex work and bonded to brothel based prostitution through the system of signing affidavit,a legal practice which gives formal legitimization to an offence handed by law. This however, is not written anywhere in their regulations,laws, or even in their constitution!

In Faridpur, one of the major towns in Bangladesh, there are two major brothels with a population of 1055 sex workers staying there.One brothel is situated at the bank of biggest river known as PADMA(check the pictures below).Every year, the river overflows, causing alarming floods, wash away and or cause diverstation to thousands of houses,and sometimes causing deaths to many brothel based sex workers and their children. forinstance, in 2007, the floods caused devastating demage to over 600 houses in C&B Ghat brothel.And once such  and other incidences happen, the sex workers are not allowed to enter public places for shelter. if they go outside the brothel areas, they are punished and tortured by the local fundamentalists.

on 23rd June 2009, the local fundamentarists burnt one of the biggest brothel around PADMA river and the entire sex workers and their families were left stranded and helpless! few local organisations like, Shapla Mohila Sangstha (SMS) donated  to them emergency food, clothes,beddings and utensils.

As human beings, i belive such vulnerable people need emerse societal support to live a dignified and respected life because they are where they are not out of their own choice but because of the socio-economic,legal and cultural hardships.


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At 10:38pm on May 28, 2010, Rey T said…
Hello, Dunstan:

Here is the link to some of downloadable electronically available publications at

Warm wishes to you,

I am happy to meet you on this valuable, educative and interactive network. I am wondering whether you can avail to me the soft copy of your work on peace education.
Dunstan Mubangizi,
At 11:29am on May 22, 2010, Sohail Mahmood said…
hello dunstan
glad to meet u here

best wishes

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