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Bangladesh students pledge to promote respect for women at home and outside

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hundreds of university students have pledged to adopt and promote greater respect for women at home and in the workplace and community. They made the commitment at a March 5 event that United Nations in Bangladesh organized to celebrate International Women’s Day under the theme, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights. Hundreds of students from youth volunteer organizations and Women’s Peace Café at Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University attended the event at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka.

Break the glass ceiling, a UN Women-organized delegation tells students in Bangladesh

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In a dialogue arranged by UN Women to celebrate International Women’s Day, six senior female diplomats and United Nations officials inspired students of Asian University for Women to try to overcome gender discrimination in society and achieve their life goals. The intergenerational dialogue on March 4 was part of UN Women’s campaign for Generation Equality.

A woman who learned to cope now helps other women in rural Bangladesh cope

Monday, March 16, 2020

Farida Easmin began her journey of coping and overcoming when she was 16 and her father died suddenly. As the eldest daughter, she had to take care of the others, and she worked in small non-governmental organizations while continuing her studies. “I still remember I used to earn only 1,350 taka per month (about USD15.5 now) and I used that money for expenses for my siblings and family,” she said.

[Cox’s Bazar] International Women’s Day March 8th, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to take stock of the progress made on women’s rights and empowerment. This year is pivotal for advancing gender equality worldwide as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action and other key moments in the feminist movement.

Bangladesh launches first National Action Plan on women, peace and security as per UN resolutions

Friday, January 10, 2020

Bangladesh has launched a four-year action plan on women, peace and security, to transpose at national level a series of resolutions by the UN Security Council. The National Action Plan (NAP) will expand women’s roles in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, disaster management, and preventing violent extremism. This will build on Bangladesh’s efforts to establish peace and security within and beyond its borders.

From where I stand: “I did not give up... If they had delayed for 30 more minutes, it would not have been possible to save both lives.”

Monday, January 6, 2020

Kulsuma Begum, 32, is Secretary of Dokhin Marapara Mahila Bittohin Samabya Samity (South Murapa Underprivileged Women’s Cooperative Society), a civil society organization that is supported by UN Women and helps women in Teknaf, in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. “At the age of 14, I was forcibly married. After two years of facing domestic violence, I left home when my husband got married again, and I started my life all over again.

National dialogue on Actions Against Sexual Violence

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The UN in Bangladesh, in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs (MoWCA) and civil society organizations, held a national dialogue to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Dialogue provided a platform to mobilize coordinated efforts to address sexual violence and ensure accountability, with panelists ranging from legal experts, government officials, UN Agencies, the judiciary, parliament, law enforcement agencies, academia, civil society organizations, and the arts.

Civil Society Advisory Group to guide UN Women’s work in Bangladesh

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

[ANNOUCEMENT] Deadline Extended!! — UN Women is re-establishing a Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), which was previously set up in 2012. As Beijing+25 approaches and Bangladesh nationally stands at a cross-road in terms of growing inequality and intensifying human rights and gender challenges, while aspiring to graduate from Least Development Country and become a developed country by 2041, UN Women has decided to relaunch a CSAG in order to systematically seek advice from CSO representatives on its work.

I am Generation Equality: Shireen Huq, anti-violence crusader

Monday, November 18, 2019

Shireen Huq helped found the non-profit organization Naripokkho in Bangladesh. Photo: UN Women/Fahad Kaizer I am Generation Equality because… Three things you can do to be part of Generation Equality: Make space for the younger generation. Listen to what young people are saying and respond to that. Protest. Everyone has to be part of the resistance, in whatever way. Hold public representatives and government accountable. I embarked on a Ph.D. in Social...

The invisible issues in flood response

Monday, November 18, 2019

“When the husband doesn’t get the meal coming back home, he’ll hurl abusive words, that’s only normal. So during the flood, when the family went without food, it was common. Sometimes it was too much. I wanted to retort but couldn’t, fearing his beating. Since I couldn’t run away to escape his beating, with water all around. If I did snap at him sometimes, he would beat me and not give money for food for days.” Selima Begum from Nimkusharpar village at Pachgachi Union of Kurigram Sadar was narrating the plight women endured during the last monsoon flood that brought untold sufferings to women in her village.

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