A cyclist takes the message to the streets of Satkhira. The area experienced significant political violence in the run-up to and during the January 2014 elections, including road blocks, picketing, vandalism, arson and attacks on minority communities.  Despite progress in many areas of development, Bangladesh remains on a knife edge. The election boycott by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party left the country with no credible mainstream opposition. This encouraged anti-government protests and has led to violent repercussions and radicalisation. The country continues to be marred by political stasis, locked in a cycle of systemic political violence, blockades and strikes (hartals). More than 80 people have been killed in political violence this year.  Eidgah Point, Taltola, Satkhira
 Billal Hossain is a young Imam and member of the local community security working group. Youth will make up 43% of Bangladesh’s population by 2025, but they are increasingly marginalised and feel excluded from decision-making processes. Youths are also vulnerable to being targeted and mobilised for mass violence by political parties, extremists groups and criminal groups.  Kachua, Bagerhat
 Sexual harassment or ‘eve teasing’ of girls on their way to school is a regular occurrence on streets such as this one in Satkhira. The abuse, which includes cat-calling and taking images on mobile phones, impacts on the day-to-day lives of women and girls and has resulted in some girls no longer attending school. Gender-based violence, eve-teasing, dowry-related violence, rape, acid throwing, fatwas and sexual abuse are prominent forms of violence against women and girls in Bangladesh. Women are still vulnerable to security threats and unable to claim their rights. Satkhira
 Shopkeeper Abu Hanif sits with village community police officers Swapan Mridha and Anwar Hossain Khan. In Kachua there is one police officer for every 1,300 people. To bridge the gap in capacity, the local government chairman also employs four village community police officers, like Swapan and Anwar, to operate in the area.Their jobs sit outside the police service.  Joint forums run by the Bangladesh Police Service and the community security working groups are building links and increasing trust between them. However, access to police officers, and the accountability of police services, remains a primary concern for communities.  Kachua, Bagerhat
 Many areas in Bangladesh are below sea level, and at a high risk of flooding. This creates additional pressures for local communities.   Kachua, Bagerhat  
 Shahidul Islam and his wife Taslima work their land. They have lived in the area their whole lives, but have no evidence that proves legal ownership. When the land was linked to redevelopment by the government to improve water and sanitation after flooding, a local ‘godfather’ claimed the land was legally his. This claim was backed up by the local government administration, although the people living there stress this was due to corruption. Shahidul was left with few options.  “My life is very insecure because always there is the threat that the godfather could come and tell us to leave. I have been to the government, but the godfather is linked to the water board and government so what chance do we have?”  Bankdah, Satkhira
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