Concerned Women for family Development (CWFD) is a non- political, non- profit, voluntary, national level organization run by the women of Bangladesh for the women of Bangladesh. We work “Because Women Matter” to us.
Emergence of CWFD
CWFD emerged from an emotional response to help women in need of reproductive health care counseling. The organization, originally named as “Concerned Women for Family Planning ((CWFP), started its voluntary activities in 1974 to help the refuge coming to Dhaka city after the devastating famine of 1974. The organization was registered in 1975 with Directorate of Social welfare and formally launched its project activities in 1976 with only 5 female staff to cover an area of Dhaka city comprising around 50,000 people. Rather than following any working model, these workers used their hearts and logic to disseminate family planning information amongst poorest slum dwellers.
Initially, CWFP had a single focus program of family planning. Over time, the organization realized that mere improvement of health status through family planning would not sustain a significant change in women’s life in Bangladesh. Accordingly, the organization initiated new programs for women, men, children and adolescents encompassing primary health care, life skill development, creating economic opportunity and women’s empowerment against social injustice. In conformity with this shifting focus, the organization changed its name from Concerned Women for Family Planning (CWFP) to ”Concerned Women for Family Development”(CWFD).
- Registered with Directorate of Social Welfare on 25.10.75 Registration Number: 0435
- Registered with NGO Affairs Bureau under Foreign Donation Act on 22.04.81 Registration Number: 72