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Pragyna Mahpara

Pragyna Mahpara

Senior Research Associate

pragyna.mahpara@bracu.ac.bd

Pragyna Mahpara joined BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) in March 2018 as a Research Associate and is currently a Senior Research Associate in the Gender Studies and Social Transformation Cluster of the institute. She is involved with research projects which aim to understand and counter contemporary backlash in South Asia against women’s rights, in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). She has worked with the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID), Manchester, in a research project that analysed the role of informal practices and networks in negotiating policy and legal measures of Bangladesh. Her research experience also includes working with adolescent’s voice and agency through the use of ICT and on analysing the effects of development interventions on garment’s workers’ wellbeing and efficiency. Being specialized in qualitative research, she wants to expand her research capabilities and horizons and master mixed method research. Pragyna completed her Master’s (MSc) in International Development from the University of Manchester (UK), and her Bachelor’s (BSS) in Economics from BRAC University. Her areas of research interest include gender, governance, politics, political Islam and public policy. Likewise, she is keen to analyse the nexus between gender power and politics.

Policy Brief

Countering Backlash in the Implementation of Bangladesh’s Domestic Violence Act

Date: 2023

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Mahpara, Pragyna

Publisher: BIGD,Institute of Development Studies

Working Paper

Backlash in Action? Or Inaction? Stalled Implementation of the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010 in Bangladesh

Date: 2023

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Mahpara, Pragyna

Publisher: IDS Bulletin

Book/Book Chapter

ন্যায়বিচারের সন্ধানেঃ পারিবারিক সহিংসতার শিকার নারীদের অব্যক্ত উপাখ্যান

Date: 2022

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Akter, Marufa; Mahpara, Pragyna; Pabony, Nuha Annoor; Tasnin, Fariha; Hossain, Sara; Titir, Abdullah; Sidddiki, Esrat Jahan; Antor, Sadiul Islam

Publisher: BIGD,GIZ Bangladesh

Report

COVID-19 Learning, Evidence and Research (CLEAR) for Bangladesh: Violence Against Women

Date: 2022

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Mahpara, Pragyna; Tasnin, Fariha 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Gender Justice

Publisher: BIGD,Institute of Development Studies

Working Paper

Tracking Gender-Based Violence and Backlash Against Women’s Rights in the Digital Space: Cases From Bangladesh

Date: 2022

Author(s): Mahpara, Pragyna; Antara, Iffat Jahan; Nath, Shravasti Roy; Pabony, Nuha Annoor

Publisher: BIGD

Book/Book Chapter

In Search of Justice: Untold Tales of Domestic Violence Survivors

Date: 2022

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Akter, Marufa; Mahpara, Pragyna.; Pabony, Nuha Annoor; Tasnin, Fariha; Hossain, Sara; Titir, Abdullah; Sidddiki, Esrat Jahan; & Antor, Sadiul Islam

Topic(s): Gender Justice, COVID-19

Publisher: BIGD,GIZ Bangladesh

Policy Brief

Employment, Workplace, Health & Vaccination Conditions of RMG Workers: Findings From a Rapid Survey

Date: 2021

Author(s): Aziz, Syeda Salina; Mahpara, Pragyna; Labib, Mahid

Publisher: BIGD

Journal Article

Unpacking Bangladesh’s ‘Women’s Leadership Paradox’ Through the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act of 2010

Date: 2021

Author(s): Mahpara, Pragyna 

Topic(s): Gender Justice

Publisher: Gender & Development

Policy Brief

Access to Justice during COVID-19 for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Date: 2021

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Akter, Marufa; Mahpara, Pragyna; Pabony, Nuha Annoor; Tasnin, Fariha

Topic(s): Gender Justice, COVID-19

Publisher: BIGD

Report

Access to Justice During COVID-19 for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Date: 2021

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen, Akter, Marufa; Mahpara, Pragyna; Pabony, Nuha Annoor; Tasnin, Fariha

Topic(s): Gender Justice, COVID-19

Publisher: BIGD

Report

New Forms of Adolescent Voice and Agency in Bangladesh Through the Use of Mobile Phones and ICT

Date: 2021

Author(s): Huq, Lopita; Khondaker, Sahida; Mahpara, Pragyna; Sultan, Maheen; Khondoker, Zarine Anan; Syed, Samia

Topic(s): Social Transformation, Digitization

Publisher: BIGD

Working Paper

Gender Equitable Policy Reforms in Bangladesh: The Role of Informal Networks and Practices

Date: 2020

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Mahpara, Pragyna

Topic(s): Women Empowerment, Social Transformation, Governance

Publisher: Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID)

Policy Brief

Phase III: Media Tracking of Domestic Violence, Bangladesh

Date: 2020

Author(s): Mahpara, Pragyna 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Social Transformation

Publisher: BIGD

Policy Brief

Phase II: Media Tracking of Domestic Violence, Bangladesh

Date: 2020

Author(s): Mahpara, Pragyna 

Topic(s): Social Transformation, COVID-19

Publisher: BIGD

Policy Brief

Phase I: Media Tracking of Domestic Violence, Bangladesh

Date: 2020

Author(s): Mahpara, Pragyna

Topic(s): COVID-19, Social Transformation

Publisher: BIGD

Case Study

Gender Mainstreaming in Selected Sectors: Good Practice Case Studies

Date: 2019

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Shafi, Salma A.; Chowdhury, Kabita; Khondaker, Sahida; Mahpara, Pragyna; Huq, Lopita

Topic(s): Social Transformation

Publisher: BIGD

Countering Backlash: Reclaiming Gender Justice

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Pragyna Mahpara, Iffat Jahan Antara

Topic(s): Gender Justice

Access to Justice During COVID-19 for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Pragyna Mahpara

Topic(s): Gender Justice, COVID-19

Impact Evaluation of an Adolescent Student Program in Bangladesh

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Lopita Huq, Pragyna Mahpara, Saklain Al Mamun, Taslima Aktar

Topic(s): Gender Justice, Skills and Jobs, Social Transformation

Media Tracking of the Role of Women Trade Union Leaders and Domestic Violence

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Iffat Jahan Antara, Pragyna Mahpara

Topic(s): COVID-19, Gender Justice, Governance and Politics, Social Transformation

New Forms of Adolescent Voice and Agency Through the Use of Mobile Phones and ICT

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Lopita Huq, Pragyna Mahpara, Taslima Aktar, Saklain Al Mamun, Kabita Chowdhury

Topic(s): Digitization, Gender Justice, Social Transformation

Sustaining Power: Women’s Struggles against Contemporary Backlash in South Asia

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Pragyna Mahpara, Iffat Jahan Antara

Topic(s): Social Transformation, Gender Justice, Governance and Politics

Strengthening and Cultivating Opportunities in Productions for Empowerment (SCOPE) Baseline Study

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Lopita Huq, Pragyna Mahpara

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, Gender Justice, Social Transformation

Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Kabita Chowdhury, Pragyna Mahpara, Muhammad Ziaur Rahman

Topic(s): Gender Justice, Social Transformation

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