Share-Net Bangladesh is a comprehensive digital knowledge platform focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Bangladesh. Through a unique public-private-partnership with Red Orange Communications Ltd., a social communication agency, Share-Net Bangladesh is housed at the Centre of Excellence for Gender and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR) at the James P Grant School of Public Health. Share-Net Bangladesh is the first of three of national knowledge hubs supported by Share-Net International based in KIT, the Netherlands. Share-Net International and the country hubs aim to create greater space for national and global practitioners in SRHR to share their knowledge and experiences, and drive the SRHR agenda forward at the policy level.
In Bangladesh, Share-Net serves as an overarching knowledge network, bringing key practitioners, researchers, field officers, academics, and relevant stakeholders working in various fields of SRHR under one umbrella, encouraging them to share information and experiences. Along with creating an online community of practitioners, Share-Net Bangladesh offers a range of digital services to the registered users including access to e-library and tools and other resources on SRHR.
Share-Net Bangladesh also serves as a space for members to organise dialogues around critical and emerging issues around sexuality, sexual health and education for adolescents, and child marriage. The dialogues and expert meetings harness greater understanding of the issues and challenges that continue in the SRHR sector.
Share-Net Bangladesh organises regular expert meetings with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) specialists to strategise on how to move forward with critical national concerns within the sector. The space is also used by members to effectively network with other organisations and initiatives as well as to showcase their respective efforts and interventions in sexual reproductive health. A number of roundtables were organised around priority thematic areas in the SRHR field including child rights, sexuality, and knowledge management services for practitioners. In addition, Share-Net Bangladesh has provided critical input in policy and strategic papers, supported various member organisation events, and created greater online conversations around issues of sex education, sexual health information and services, empowering girl children to end early marriage, and the interconnectedness of HIV/AIDS and SRHR.