BANGLADESH LEADS WOMEN EM­POW­ER­MENT MOVE­MENT

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Filter -

Bangladesh has been crowned the leader of women’s em­pow­er­ment with amaz­ing sta­tis­tics show­ing ris­ing fe­male ed­u­ca­tion and the num­ber of women in the work force. The ef­fort started in the 1990s where pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion was ex­panded and gen­der par­ity was em­pha­sised in sec­ondary school. The govern­ment then con­tin­ued their ef­forts by en­gag­ing NGOs to mo­bilise women in ru­ral ar­eas and ed­u­cate them in terms of health and fam­ily plan­ning to im­prove in­fant, child, and ma­ter­nal health, as well as in­come earn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. In a study con­ducted be­tween 2016 and 2017, the num­ber of work­ing women had in­creased to 18.6 mil­lion from 16.2 mil­lion in 2010. Bangladesh isn’t done yet, how­ever. Dur­ing the an­nounce­ment of the bud­get for the fis­cal year of 2018 to 19, the govern­ment an­nounced its high­est al­lo­ca­tion in the coun­try’s his­tory for the sec­tor as they con­sider women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion a vi­tal part of the path to women’s em­pow­er­ment!

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