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Divorce rate marks a sharp rise in BD Khulna divisional city

Sept 2 (UNB) – Khulna City Corporation (KCC) recorded some 14,088 cases of divorce in nine and a half years till July last, showing a sharp rise in marriage termination. The degradation of family bonds and values, lack of social accountability, high ambition, women empowerment and their independence, polygamy, extramarital affairs, impact of the western culture, and physical and mental ... Read More »

51 pc rise in unnecessary BD C-sections in two years

Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)- Medically unnecessary caesarean operations increased by 51  percent in Bangladesh over the last two years costing patients 483 million dollars per year, according to a report revealed on Thursday.  The report published by Save the Children Bangladesh found that in 2018 alone, the country saw estimated 860,000 of such unnecessary operations, while up to 300,000 women ... Read More »

New study busts myths on comprehensive sexuality education

Paper recommends scripted lessons, where necessary, to help teachers cover the subject correctly Paris, 12 June— Comprehensive sexuality education is an essential part of a good quality education that improves reproductive health and contributes to gender equality, argues Facing the Facts, a new policy paper by the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report at UNESCO that seeks to dispel social and ... Read More »

Newborn stealing: 2 sentenced to prison for life

Dhaka, June 12 – A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced two persons to life term imprisonment for stealing a newborn baby from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and trafficking about a decade ago. The life term sentenced convicts are Jharna Begum, a resident of Boardbazar Kunuapachu area in Gazipur and Manik of Chanmara slum at Fatullah of Narayanganj. Dhaka’s Third ... Read More »

Mothers in the US are dying: What are we doing to save them?

By Juan Pablo Segura Washington DC, Jun 7 2019 (IPS) – The maternal mortality rate in the United States is the highest of any developed country – and the rate is rising. The US is currently the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. Few to none of these maternal deaths are due to medical mismanagement. Instead, ... Read More »

Poverty forces parents “to sell children” in Gaibandha

Gaibandha, June 9 (UNB) – Day-labourer Habil Mia from Rajbari village in Sundarganj upazila has been suffering from various ailments for a long time but all the while he had to work hard to support a seven-member family. Down by poverty, Habil and his wife finally decided to sell two of their daughters to arrange money to buy a small ... Read More »

23 million boys married before 15 globally: Unicef

Dhaka, June 8 (UNB)— An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms, launched on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef). Twenty-three million among them married before the age of 15. Using data from 82 countries, the in-depth study brings the overall number estimated child marriages ... Read More »

Educating girls about menstruation and menstrual hygiene

By Ida Horner Surrey, England, May 28 2019 (IPS) – The organisers of Menstrual Hygiene Day say that although there has been a lot of good work on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) either currently underway or already completed, we are a long way off from achieving an even playing field for girls and women worldwide. Menstruation stigma persists in some ... Read More »

Stop the war on children

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 2019 (IPS) – Too many children are dying as a result of explosive weapons, and the international community must step up to protect and declare children off limits in war. In a new report, Save the Children documented the devastating toll that armed conflicts have on children psychologically and physically and is urging further resources and political commitment to protect ... Read More »

Michael Jackson’s eldest child Prince is a college graduate

Los Angeles, May 12 (AP/UNB) —Twenty-two-year-old Prince Jackson — whose real name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. — went through commencement ceremonies Saturday at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prince Jackson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. The day was celebrated in social media posts from the graduate and relatives in his famous family. T.J. Jackson, the ... Read More »

Woman set on fire by ‘husband’ in Laxmipur

Laxmipur, Apr 22 (UNB) – A woman, who suffered severe burn injuries after she was set afire allegedly by husband at Ayubnagar in Komolnagar upazila on Sunday afternoon, died at the Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Monday morning. The deceased was identified Shahenur Akhter, 24, daughter of Zafar Alam of Sonagazi village in Raozan upazila in ... Read More »

Grandma gives birth as surrogate for her son and his husband

Dhaka, April 3 – A 61-year-old woman has given birth to her own granddaughter in the United States after serving as a surrogate for her son and his husband. The woman, Cecile Eledge, from Nebraska, had been through menopause but was nonetheless approved for surrogacy, reports local media. She volunteered to carry the child for nine months and give birth ... Read More »

Open access to sexual, reproductive health, rights urged

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), a Non-Governmental Organisation in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council has in a statement said, Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality are foundational to the full implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for ... Read More »

Life tax exemption for women with 4 or more kids in Hungary

Hungary, Feb 11 (AP/UNB) — Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country’s prime minister said Sunday. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his “state of the nation” speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary’s population decline. The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption ... Read More »

Doctor’s suicide: Police seek 7-day remand for wife

Chattogram, Feb 2 – Police have forwarded an application to take Tanzila Haque Chowdhury Mitu on seven-day remand in connection with the ‘suicide’ of her husband Dr Mustafa Murshed Akash for instigating his suicide. Chandgaon Police Station assitant Sub-inspector Abdul Kader who is also the investigation officer assigned to the case prayed for the remand to Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Court ... Read More »

Forced child pregnancy and motherhood in Latin America

Research and campaigns by women’s rights advocates are beginning to focus on the problem of Latin American girls under the age of 14 who are forced to bear the children of their rapists, with the lifelong implications that entails and without the protection of public policies guaranteeing their human rights. Read More »

Gender and the Arab City

By Lina Abirafeh BEIRUT – One of the top priorities for the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” City leaders can take a simple step that would go long a way toward achieving this goal: putting the needs of women and girls at the centre of the urban planning process. Read More »

Educating children starts with parents

Neha is a first-generation learner. Her mother, Hema, a maid, wants her only daughter to grow up to become a government servant. This, according to her, will give her family security, stable water and electricity connections, and also an attached toilet, apart from a better living environment. Read More »