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Education could cut child marriage by a third: Study

Child marriage in Bangladesh could drop by up to one-third if girls receive educational support or skills training, according to a study looking at ways to combat the practice in a country with one of the highest prevalence rates. The Population Council’s Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income and Knowledge for Adolescents (Balika) project evaluated the success of three approaches in delaying the number of girls under 18 being married off. Bangladesh has the fourth highest rate of child marriage in the world. In terms of absolute C...
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Trafficked Nepali, Bangladeshi women trapped in Syria

Nepali villager Sunita Magar thought she was heading to a safe factory job in Kuwait, but only when she landed in Damascus did she realise “something had gone very wrong”.
Frequently beaten with a baton and given only one meal a day, Magar says she spent 13 months working as a maid for a Syrian household and pleading to be allowed to go home. “I was just in shock, I couldn’t stop crying,” the single mother-of-two told AFP. Magar is among scores of poor Nepali and Bangladeshi women who travelled to the Middle East on the promise of a good job, only to be trafficked into Syria, wracked by five years of civil war.

Women changing exploitative garment industry

Tuesday marked International Women’s Day, and demonstrations of solidarity or activism were held around the world. In Bangladesh, garment workers demanded equal pay, an end to violence against women, and safe working conditions. Women make up 85% of garment workers in the country, often taking home the pitifully small minimum monthly wage of $68. That is a far cry from the $113 per month that the E.U. states is needed to cover a worker’s basic needs, and well below a real living wage. Exacerbating that dismal state of affairs is the fact that many garment workers put in 60-140 hours of overtime per week, but are often cheated of the overtime pay. Many are denied

Dialogue on promoting women entrepreneurs in Ctg

 SME Division of Bank Asia recently arranged a dialogue session with Women Entrepreneurs of Chittagong Zone, where Mr. Muhammad Mijanur Rahman Joddar, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank, Chittgong Office was present as Chief Guest and Ms. Kamrun Malek, President of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CWCCI) as special guest. The Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia Mr. Mohammed Roshangir & Mr. Muhammed Zahirul Alam, SEVP & Dialogue PhotoHead of MSME Mr. Sarder Akhter Hamed and apex body of CWCCI we...

Women taking charge from top to bottom

Rani Mondal searches the floor of the riverbed with her fingers, craning her neck above the water. The river is home to a farm of clawing crabs. “It hurts a lot when you are bitten but you apply salt and Savlon and go to the doctor’s if it gets septic,” Mondal said. An award-winning crab farmer living on the edge of the Bay of Bengal, she used to be extremely poor. Her village has been battered repeatedly by cyclones, making the ground too salty for large-scale agriculture. [caption id="attachment_20028" align="alignright" width="650"]Rani Mondal (centre) and fellow crab farmers, who work...
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BWCCI training under INSPIRED programme

Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) organized a 4 days long training of trainers (ToT) from 18 August 2015 at Centre for Human Resources Development at BURO Bangladesh Tangail Office. PhotoThe project ‘Socio- economic empowerment of women through promotion of natural fiber-based products from agricultural wastages’ under INSPIRED program funded by European Union and Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. BWCCI has been implementing the project to build capacity of 2000 women entrepreneurs for pr...