Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, in short BMSF, was formed in January 10, 1991 with the objective to mobilise the journalists community, those working in the national, local print & electronic media, involve with freelance journalism and human rights campaign to facilitate their participation in the national development program activities.
BMSF has a 7-Member elected Executive Committee and 21 General Committee. The President is the organisational head and the Secretary General is the Chief Executive, who also holds the office of the Executive Director. Its members are generally affiliated with the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, the Dhaka Union of Journalists, Dhaka Reporters Unity, National and Divisional Press Clubs and other’s associations related to journalism in the country.
On March 07, 1995, BMSF was registered with the Directorate of Social Welfare, Registration number -03266 under the Ministry of Social Welfare and June 01, 2009 registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau, under the Prime Minister Office, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Registration number 2449 (Renewed in 1.6.2014-31.5.2019).
Profile of BMSF
women rights, child rights, good governance
& press freedom issues, prevention on HIV/AIDS through
media networking & advocacy.
Violation against Men, Women and Child,
that ensures Drugs and HIV/AIDS free society and strengthens
the press freedom movement & democratic
institutions and good governance in Bangladesh
linkages with the journalists working
at six Divisional Levels namely,
Dhaka, Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet.
Involving all the above levels,
BMSF implements its various programs in Bangladesh.
- Develop networking with the journalist’s community all over the country.
- Capacity building of the network members on Human Rights, Child rights, Women rights, prevention on HIV/AIDS, Good governance issues.
- Continuous Advocacy, Awareness rising, Campaign program of deference human rights and development issues through media
- Establish and run educational institution
- Develop Information resource centre through ICT Program
Type of programs :
- Media Campaign
- Capacity Building
- Legal Aid Support
- Development BCC/ IEC Materials
- Research and Education
- ICT based information centre
International Network :
- CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
- Asia Pacific Human Rights Network (APHRN)
- International Campaign Against Child Trafficking (ICACT)
- South Asian Regional Forum of NGOs on HIV/AIDS, Media and Human Rights
- South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN)
- The International Freedom of Expression (IFEX)
National Network :
- Co-ordination Council for Human Rights in Bangladesh (CCHRB)
- Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF)
- Coalition for the Urban Poor (CUP)
- STI/AIDS Network of Bangladesh
- Shonghoti (Human Rights Network)
- Global Youth Action Network (GYAN)
- Habitat Council of Bangladesh
BMSF has developed a network establishing linkages with the journalists working at six Divisional Levels namely, Dhaka, Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet. Involving all the above levels, BMSF implements its various programs in Bangladesh
- Mapping of current services delivery gaps to SB & H/RB FSW at national and local levels
- Development of BCC materials on essential services for SB & H/RB FSW
- Training activities for master trainers, peer educators, outreach supervisors and DIC In-Charge
- Establish and operate DIC in assigned districts
- Provision of supplementary income generation services for street and hotel/resident based female sex workers
- Creating an enabling environment within local communities through advocacy meetings and distribution of print materials
Project Name: HIV Prevention and Control among High-Risk Populations and Vulnerable Young People in Bangladesh
Package Number and Title: Provisional of Essential Services to Street Based & Hotel/Residence based Female Sex-workers (GF-909)
Objective of Project: To rapidly scale up HIV essential services to Street-Based and Hotel/Residence-based Female Sex Workers (SB & H/RB FSW) Populations at higher risk and vulnerability.
- Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), Geneva, Switzerland
- National AIDS/STD Program (NASP), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh
- Save the Children Fund, USA
- Chittagong divisional 29 districts
Human Rights Journalism Training Program
Objective: Sensitize local level journalist’s community on rights based approaches
Activity: Organize day-long training workshop for 20 journalists at districts level on UN HR, CRC & CEDAW charter
Donor: Bangladesh NGO Foundation-BNF, Govt. of Bangladesh
Working areas: 7 Divisional areas
Press Freedom in Bangladesh:
- Exchange Information on Press Freedom in Bangladesh through ICT
- Reporting on Human Rights Fact Finding for the Journalists Issues
- Provide Legal Aid Support for Victim Journalists in Bangladesh with the co-operation Bangladesh Bar Council
- Co-ordination and Networking with NGOs, CBOs, and Networks at national and regional/International level on Press Freedom Issues
International Federation of Journalist-IFJ, ASIA Office, Australia
6 Divisional areas
Media Campaign on Participatory Governance Program:
Objective: Sensitize local level journalist’s community on Participatory Governance
Activity: Organize day-long training workshop for 20 journalists at districts level on Participatory Governance
Donor:CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participations, South Africa
Working areas: 6 Divisional areas