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Women’s meaningful participation essential to peace: Bangladesh commemorates 20 years of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Women’s meaningful participation is essential to building peaceful societies, voiced speakers at an event titled “Championing Women’s Role: Achievements and Way Forward” jointly organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN Women in Bangladesh to commemorate 20 years of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women Peace and Security (WPS).

From Where I Stand: “You can very well be a mother and a front-line combatant”

Monday, February 22, 2021

"It was my childhood dream to join the air force. My grandfather served in it during the Second World War. But when I joined the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) in 2010, as a woman I could not be enrolled as a pilot. The military started accepting women in 2000, but only in the air force, and not as pilots..."

Youth Voices on the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Peace and security means being fearless and to have freedom of life, choice, voice”, said Smaranika Chakma, an indigenous youth activist from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. Smaranika was speaking at a virtual youth panel event to commemorate 20 years of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security, jointly organized by UN Women Bangladesh, Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) of Brac University, and Naripokkho

From where I stand: “As an outspoken women’s rights activist, I have gained the confidence necessary to help Rohingya women from similar backgrounds as mine”

Friday, October 30, 2020

Women’s rights activist Lucky fled from armed conflict in Myanmar and is now living in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She is committed to improving the lives of Rohingya women and girls in the camps, particularly by advocating for their rights to education and decision-making. "Having to flee from armed conflict in Myanmar has changed my perspective on life. My father was in jail as a political prisoner when we fled, so I had to take a lot of responsibility for my family. These experiences first created a wound but are now giving me strength to work for my community and to help Rohingya women get a better life..."

COVID-19 pandemic increases risks for female Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Monday, October 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender discrimination and inequality among the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and among the surrounding communities. Women and girls face increases in unpaid care work at home, safety risks inside and outside their homes, mental health problems, and simultaneously, less access to life-saving services and support.

From Where I Stand: Begum

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Begum (45) is a sex worker at Baniashanta brothel, in Dacoope, Khulna, a southern district of Bangladesh. Since Cyclone Amphan hit in May 20 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she has lost everything, but not hope.

Support us in responding to humanitarian crises, female activists in Bangladesh say

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Female leaders have called for greater efforts to promote women on the front lines in responding to humanitarian crises in Bangladesh. A diverse group of women front line-humanitarian workers and leaders from Rohingya and host communities spoke at an online forum on Feminism

From Where I Stand: Mahmuda Sultana Shorna

Friday, September 18, 2020

“The pandemic has completely transformed the ways we used to do things. Our Women Peace Café (WPC) work has been affected, everything has shifted to digital platforms, and the situations have changed at home. As soon as the university closed, I had to move back home. Because of the health crises, the number of chores increased at home and we had to do more cleaning and sanitizing to remain safe.

From Where I Stand: Working to Build Peace During the Pandemic

Friday, September 18, 2020

COVID19 has completely changed my life. After the university closed, all academic activities were suspended, and I was forced to return home. I live in a remote village in Bogura district and aside from worrying about my studies and the health risks posed by COVID19, I am also suffering from poor connectivity issues. However, I am trying to do my part during the crisis.

A Strong Role Model for her Daughters

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bobita Rani Bormon, a single mother with two daughters lives in Savar, an area about 25 kilometers away from Dhaka city. She has been working for a readymade garment (RMG) factory, as a senior operator for six months and before that I worked with another RMG factory for two years.

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