TEGA, Girl Effect’s innovative mobile research methodology, has launched in Bangladesh with the generous support of the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Through a partnership with local social enterprise iSocial, a sister concern of IT enterprise DNet, TEGA Bangladesh has successfully set up four networks across Dhaka, Jashore, Boqura, and Rangpur with 12 young women from each location becoming fully qualified researchers.
Through its unique approach, TEGAs in Bangladesh have already begun unearthing invaluable insights about their communities and have been actively involved in a number of research activities. These include Real Girls, Real Lives, Connected, a global study for Girl Effect and Vodafone Foundation looking at adolescent girls’ use of mobile phones, and research for Springster. Girl Effect has established a research consortium partnership with five organisations with a long history of developmental work in Bangladesh. These are CARE Bangladesh, UNFPA, Population Council and Nutrition International.
Each project focuses on a specific theme: women’s economic empowerment, health and nutrition, sexual harassment, child marriage, and sexual and reproductive health.
Rachel Rawlings, Gender Equality Branch, DFAT, said: “Gender equality and empowerment of young women and girls is a top priority for DFAT. We are very pleased to support these amazing young women leaders and their communities through TEGA in Bangladesh.”
Clare Webb, Senior Relationships Manager for TEGA at Girl Effect, said: “In Bangladesh, teenage girls face multiple challenges. Gender inequality is widespread and many adolescent girls face constant struggles accessing the healthcare, education and employment they need to survive. Thanks to the support of DFAT and using Girl Effect’s fast and authentic research methodology, TEGA, we have heard in girls’ own words how issues like these affect them, and are taking their voices directly to those with the power to make a difference to their lives.”
TEGA | Understanding girls’ lives in Bangladesh with DFAT