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Photo Essay: "I want to live in peace"

Monday, May 21, 2018

Senu Ara arrived in Cox’s Bazar the same way as many other Rohingya refugees: On foot. After a week of walking barefoot, Senu and her three sisters reached Bangladesh, tired, hungry and thirsty, having left their home in fear of the escalating violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. “I saw the military in Myanmar burn down a lot of houses, and kidnapping and killing others. We fled to... More

From where I stand: “I am worried about the monsoon… will our small shelter keep standing?”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Minara Begum is among the thousands of Rohingya women who fled the violence unleashed by the Myanmar army in her village, Buchidong, Myanmar. Having learned new skills in a UN Women-supported Multi-Purpose Women’s Centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she is speaking out, meeting decision-makers in the camp and helping other Rohingya women. Minara Begum. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce In Myanmar, we had a big wooden house. We had cows, goats, chicken and lots of... More

CiCs for HeForShe: The community leaders championing gender equality in the Rohingya refugee camps

Monday, April 9, 2018

The women among the Rohingya refugees have fled gender-based violence, and continue to endure widespread discrimination in the camps in eastern Bangladesh. But some community leaders are speaking out for gender equality, and challenging widespread practices regarding the treatment and roles of women. When he saw Rohingya refugee women struggling to collect their families' fuel rations, on top of their other charges, Camp-in-Charge (CiC)... More

Empowered by training, female garment workers in Dhaka gain confidence, promotions and better futures

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lata Banu could not finish school because her parents could not afford it. When her elder sister got married and moved to Dhaka, she went along and then joined Babylon Garments Limited as a quality control officer. But Ms. Banu had big dreams. "Society looks down upon people who work in the ready-made garment industry, but I proved them wrong," she said. "I worked hard and got a promotion, and now I am the Quality Control Supervisor.... More

After the landslides

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bojjropodi Chakma, 44, started a successful garden after the landslide. Now, her garden not only helps her bring in income for the household, but also helps in supplementing her family’s nutritional needs. PThe Chittagong Hill Tracts area in southeastern Bangladesh is prone to natural disasters. The resulting displacement of local tribal people has spurred many conflicts in... More

Bangladesh holds consultation rural women ahead of Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 12, 2018

The rural women of Bangladesh have learned much about overcoming gender inequality amid the other challenges of development. Their experiences and recommendations were shared at a multi-stakeholder consultation in Dhaka, ahead of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held in New York from March 12. This year's CSW priority theme is "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment... More

Sita Rani Gour, a small shop keeper in rural Bangladesh aiming big

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sita Rani Gour, 31, is expanding her grocery shop in Rajnagar, eastern Bangladesh, after receiving a one-time grant of 19,000 taka (US$230), from a UN Women programme supported by the Government of Japan and implemented by the non-governmental development organization BRAC. When she first opened, the shop was very small. The new funds have allowed her to... More

Solar lamps, alternative fuel, feminine hygiene products—relief that counts in the practical needs of Rohingya women refugees

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mahmuda Begum, 23, lives in a makeshift settlement at the Moynerghona, Balukhali camp, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She arrived recently with a newborn baby she had delivered, without any medical assistance, just before crossing the border of Myanmar. She is among the estimated 688,000 new arrivals of Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar, and has had a harrowing journey. “Being eight months pregnant, I had to endure inhumane suffering while we were fleeing from our home,” she said... More

Rohingya refugee women find haven of safety and learning in Multi-Purpose Women's Centre

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In the refugee camp across the border from Myanmar, thousands of Rohingya women are the most vulnerable to the health and security risks of camp life. A dedicated centre offers them sanctuary, basic services and skills training to move their life forwards. The atmosphere inside the Multi-Purpose Women's Centre (MPWC) is a welcome contrast to the rest of the Rohingya refugee camp in Balukhali, eastern Bangladesh. Children play happily on the floor while their mothers sit around chatting,... More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Bangladesh

Thursday, February 8, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, undertook her first official visit to Bangladesh , from 30 January to 3 February. During her visit, the Executive Director met with key government and civil society partners as well as international development actors both in Dhaka, and in Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya Refugee response is taking place... More

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