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Being a woman in a developing country

Despite having female heads of state and many female politicians, Bengali women still struggle to find their role in society, however, as hardworking citizens, it seems like these women are ready to fight for what is rightfully theirs Being a woman has never been an easy task. Even in today’s modern world, where there are many movements supporting women’s rights and developments in women’s lives, there are still many challenges that a woman faces and fight against in her everyday life. These challenges get bigger and harsher especially if you are a woman who lives in the not so lucky part of the

#HeForShe for workplace gender ratio

Bikroy increased its female employee ratio from 29% to 36% in 2016 as part of its commitment to the UN Women-led #HeForShe campaign. Earlier in 2016, the online marketplace was a signatory of the UN Women-initiated solidarity campaign for WEPs to establish gender parity. Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), is a global initiative developed in collaboration between UN Women and the UN Global Compact to raise awareness against gender disparity and leverage women empowerment. Jahanara Alam, Captain, Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team was invited to head one of the

Bangladesh leads South Asia in WEF gender index

Bangladesh leads South Asia in the gender equity, successful compared to its neighbouring countries in closing the gender gap, a report says. The country stands 72 among 144 countries in the world in the Global Gender Gap Index 2016 prepared by World Economic Forum. Bangladesh recorded progress in political empowerment gender gap, but the gap on women’s labour force participation and estimated earned income widened, the report says. women-bdIndia, which stands 87 in the index, follows Bangladesh. The two leaders are ...

Int’l Day of Girl Child observed at British Council

With an aim to provide an opportunity to build networks with both the British Council and other non-governmental organisations working in the girl child space, to understand the work and challenges around girl child education in Bangladesh, and to discuss where the gender data gaps are, the British Council recently organised a panel discussion at British Council 5 Fuller Road office. The theme of this year’s panel discussion was ‘Girls’ Progress = Goal’s Progress”. During the occasion, participants and speakers discussed how the collection of comprehensive,

New results on how to delay child marriage

While growing up in Bangladesh, my grandmother was married at the age of 14. My mother was wed at 16 years old. Today, 2 out of 3 girls in the country are married as children — Asia’s top rate and the world’s fourth highest. Many become mothers while they themselves are still children. And yet, I’ve never been more optimistic about the future for Bangladeshi girls and their communities. When I was a teenager in Dhaka in the 1970s, women had an average of seven children each, extreme poverty was endemic and women had far fewer rights and opportunities than men. You were lucky if you lived past 50 years old. But deep investments in

Make a happy world for mothers: Speaker

Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury today urged all to work together to ensure safety and happiness for every mother and asked all to say no to all types of repression towards them. “Let’s make a happy world for them stopping all kinds of repression ... Let’s work together to make their lives more beautiful, more protected and safer,” she said. speakerShe was speaking as chief guest at an award giving ceremony - Azad Products Ratnagarva Ma Award-2015 - at Dhaka Club auditorium in the city, BSS reports. The S...