(August 2011) On Aug. 26, 2011, the IGWG held a brown bag with Jamie Terzi, assistant country director for CARE Bangladesh, where she presented the initial results from the "Cost of Violence Against Women," a community-based project in Bangladesh.

The USAID-funded Cost of Violence Against Women (COVAW) initiative by CARE Bangladesh goes beyond awareness raising to the collection, analysis, and application of data on cost of violence against women for both policy advocacy and community mobilization. COVAW recently conducted a study estimating the economic impact of domestic violence against women on affected families at about 14 million Taka, which is about 2 percent of the GDP of Bangladesh.

The COVAW project is part of CARE Bangladesh's holistic approach to addressing root causes of gender discrimination and inequality throughout their Women's Empowerment Program, which includes preventing and responding to gender-based violence, men's engagement, policy advocacy, youth and social change, and promoting women's solidarity networks among the poorest and most marginalized.

Jamie Terzi is the assistant country director for CARE Bangladesh, where she oversees the Women's Empowerment Program and CARE's other poverty reduction and social justice programming.