Background of WPC

Since July 2018, the Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University (CPJ, BracU) has been implementing a flagship programme of UN Women titled ‘Empowered Women Peaceful Communities’ at 4 universities in Dhaka, Mymensingh, and Rangpur. CPJ has successfully implemented 3 phases of this regional programme is currently working the 4 th phase. Under this project, CPJ has facilitated the establishment of 4 Peace Cafés as an innovative and pioneering initiative to promote peace and social cohesion through nurturing and mentoring female-student-led civic engagement and social entrepreneurship activities.

In 2019 CPJ, BracU facilitated the establishment of two Women Peace Cafés as the hub of civic engagement for students and experiential learning, at Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR), and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU), Mymensingh. In 2021 CPJ initiated the establishment process of Peace Cafe at the University of Dhaka and Brac University. The Peace Café envisions empowering young students to promote a just, peaceful, and inclusive society where every human being will be treated with equal dignity and given rights.

Key objectives

  • Improve leadership capacity of university students for promoting peace and social cohesion
  • Facilitate student-led initiatives for promoting peace and social cohesion
  • Enhance evidence on the role of youth in promoting peace and social cohesion

Policy Framework

In the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, Bangladesh identifies 3 pillars
1. Prevention
2. Participation, and
3. Protection, Relief, and Recovery.


“Empowering young women for promoting a just, peaceful and inclusive society where every human being will be treated with equal dignity and rights.”


  • To promote peace, social cohesion, diversity, plurality, inclusivity, tolerance & non-discrimination
  • To prevent gender-based violence, harmful masculinity, abuse &  bullying, violent extremism, hate speech, misinformation among others dark spaces
  • To develop women leadership through nurturing social business ideas and facilitating student-led initiatives and campaigns
  • To create a bridge between students and communities in & beyond the campus as a hub of civic engagement and experiential learning
  • To serve as a co-working and safe space for female students and a platform to raise voice for their rights and policy advocacy