Chang­ing Pri­or­i­ties

Bangladeshi women to­day are tak­ing charge of their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional lives. How­ever, gen­der bias and vi­o­lence con­tinue to chal­lenge their dreams of eman­ci­pa­tion and em­pow­er­ment.

Southasia - - Cover story -

South Asian pol­i­tics are dom­i­nated by dy­nas­tic trends and the pres­ence of women lead­ers at the helm of af­fairs. The for­mer is an un­for­tu­nate re­al­ity but the lat­ter should be a source of pride for de­vel­op­ing na­tions that have tra­di­tion­ally strug­gled with

By Ta­hera Sa­jid Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, these women must be cred­ited for their de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­sis­tence against the norms of their male-dom­i­nated cul­tures. Un­for­tu­nately how­ever, that is not a tes­ta­ment to fe­male em­pow­er­ment be­cause not only do most of

Bangladesh is a de­vel­op­ing na­tion of 165 mil­lion with an adult lit­er­acy rate of about 55%. It has been ruled, al­most ex­clu­sively, for the past two decades by Bangladesh’s two Begums – the cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina of Awami League ( AL) and

Reach­ing out to make a dif­fer­ence

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