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From where I stand: “Women are a part of society, and they can accomplish anything”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

“In Bangladesh, I see issues like violent extremism, repression of women, and radicalism taking place more and more. This is why I work on the topic of women, peace and security with my NGO, SEED. Our activities in the community include a courtyard meeting with women’s groups. We discuss different issues. For example, today I will discuss sexual harassment and rising intolerance of different religions. If the community members come to me with a problem, I link them with law enforcement.

From where I stand: “Showing respect for the diversity of religion and caste in our community is the secret to being in harmony”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Kohinoor Begum, 47, is a member of Polli Shomaj, a community-based women’s group that discusses how to prevent violent extremism and resolve local disputes together with other members of the community. “My husband left me when I was pregnant with our only daughter, so I had to come back to my parents’ house. Since that day, I went through endless struggles to support my parents and daughter. I worked for long hours in multiple jobs such as tailoring, which my father had taught me to do.

Bangladesh reviews implementation of women’s rights agenda in the last 25 years

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Seventy-two officials representing twenty-four ministries from the Government of Bangladesh met in Dhaka this week to review and discuss the progress and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) after 25 years of its adoption. Considered to be the most visionary agenda for the human rights of women and girls, everywhere, the Beijing Platform for Action set out to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life.

Sushi rolls, not gender roles

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In December 2018, a one-of-a-kind “Gender Fair” was organized by Independent University Bangladesh faculty and students with the support of UN Women. Students creatively designed stalls with gender-friendly themes, such as “bin a stereotype”. One focused on self-defense for women, while another sold cookies and cupcakes decorated with gender-friendly messages, such as “Sushi rolls, not gender roles”...

Students confront sexual harassment on-campus in Bangladesh

Monday, October 1, 2018

Faced with high rates of sexual harassment, students and teachers at four universities in Bangladesh are raising awareness and thinking creatively to find solutions. “Many times, students are victims of sexual harassment, but they do not feel comfortable sharing their experiences with anyone, not even in the university complaint box,” says Koyes Miah, student campaign leader at the Sylhet University...

TAKE FIVE: Beena Pallical

Monday, July 9, 2018

Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia . The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus...

From where I stand: “If women are empowered, we can create more peaceful societies”

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Our society is mostly dominated by men, and most of us think that only men have the right to earn money and support their families. It’s difficult for women to get access to the market. I wanted to break this stereotype, and that’s why I started my own business. For me, it all started with receiving...

Empowering Rohingya women and girls through art

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

To commemorate World Refugee Day, UN Women hosted “Awareness through Art” workshop at Balukhali, Camp-18 for women and girl refugees to enjoy their right to a life of dignity. The event, held at UN Women’s Women’s Centre, incorporated art and awareness on gender equality in an interactive style so that Rohingya women and girls could express their ideas about what it means to be a woman...

From where I stand: “Women need support from each other to cope with this crisis”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I came to Bangladesh many years ago. I was only seven years old and all I remember is crossing the river on a boat. My mother said that the Myanmar military had killed my nine-year-old brother, so we had to leave our home. I used to think that one day Myanmar will take us back and the violence will stop. But I don’t see any improvement of the situation in Myanmar. The military torture is worse and the number of Rohingyas fleeing is much...

From where I stand: “I have a strong role to play as a UN Peacekeeper from Bangladesh, I need to make my nation proud.”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

From a very early age I had a strong liking towards the uniform. My father was in the army, so I had grown up seeing him as an inspiration. But as women were not allowed in the army then, I studied science and planned to become a doctor. I didn’t think my wish would ever come true. In 2000 a circular said women were to be included in the army. Around 17,000 women applied, and only 57 were accepted. I was one of the lucky few...

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