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Bikroy Renews Commitment to #HeForShe for Workplace Gender Ratio

12 January 2017

Bikroy increased its female employee ratio from 29 per cent to 36 per cent in 2016 as part of its commitment to the UN Women-led #HeForShe campaign. Earlier this year, 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... More

Ensuring dignity of female migrant workers

23 December 2016

Today marks the international day for migrant workers. It is a day not only to celebrate the contribution of women and men who go to distant lands, away from their family and loved ones for long periods of time, it is also a day of reckoning of how best we, as a nation, can protect and promote the rights of those workers. This becomes imperative, as the nation as a whole is beneficiary of their labour and promoting 'safe migration' is an avowed policy of the state. Women constitute almost... More

Cost of violence against women and girls impedes economic growth in Bangladesh: UN Women calls for stronger commitment and investments to end this world’s worst pandemic

09 December 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri met with key stakeholders in Bangladesh to discuss efforts and collaborations to achieve the gender equality targets of the Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh. This high-level visit is part of UN Women’s leadership globally to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence under the ‘Orange the World’ umbrella that calls for robust funding to end violence against women and ... More

Women’s Movement and Women’s Progress

22 March 2016

Vision for gender sensitive, violence free, empowered nation was the consensus of the women leaders as came out on the multilogue organized in commemoration of International Women’s day, and to mark the opening of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations in New York by UN Women on 14th March at the National Press Club. The discussion was kicked off sharing the history of global Women’s movement and at national context. Prominent... More

Bangladesh observes International Women’s Day with a call for gender parity in every sphere of life

15 March 2016

The International Women’s Day is observed in the country with a call for gender parity in every sphere of life. Government, United Nations, international and national civil society organizations organized various programmes to mark the day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for the equal development of the country’s... More

Women voters at Rohingya camp

04 February 2016

Rohingya women and men in Kutupalong refugee camp have a democratically elected camp council for the first time in the history of the camp. For many of the 90 per cent of women who voted it was the first time in their lives that they have cast a ballot... More

Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh

03 February 2016

UN Women, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) and the Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in Bangladesh organized a training workshop on ‘Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh’. The workshop aimed to develop a pool of experts to mainstream gender considerations into disaster risk reduction and disaster response activities in the country. The three-day workshop was supported... More

Putting women at the center of climate change adaptation and disaster response

14 January 2016

Although women are more vulnerable to climate change and disasters when compared to men, the issue remains ignored. This and other facts were discussed on a knowledge-sharing event on Gender and Climate Change conducted last November by UN Women Bangladesh with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka. The purpose of the... More

What Is a Real Man - A 'Mard'?

04 January 2016

None of this: Eighteen-inch biceps. A moustache that supposedly proclaims your virility. 'Showing appreciation' by leering at girls on the streets. And stalking and harassing a woman until she 'falls in love' with you or hitting your wife or your partner; none of this defines a 'mard', which is the Hindi word for 'man'. Here's what does define a 'mard', a real man, though. Showing respect. Supporting her choices. Standing up for a woman's right to live free from violence, from the fear of... More

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 1.4 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia Pacific

21 December 2015

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality announced the awarding of USD 1.4 million in grants to four innovative programmes in Asia and the Pacific starting in January 2016. These high-impact programmes were designed by women-led civil society organizations, and have been selected to jumpstart the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The new programmes will strengthen women’s right to adequate standard of living, dignity and... More

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