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Entrepreneurial about gender equality

Asia and the Pacific needs more women entrepreneurs. Women’s economic empowerment and gender equality depend on it, as does the inclusive economic growth needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This drives a new initiative by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, generously supported by Global Affairs Canada, focused on improving women entrepreneurs’ ... Read More »

Experts call for global momentum on gender parity

The world’s most important meeting is underway in New York, providing yet another opportunity for world leaders to discuss a wide array of issues such as peace, security and sustainable development. And experts stress that the role of women in peace, security and sustainable development cannot be over-emphasised. Read More »

Africa’s widening digital gender gap

By Mercedes Sayagues Maputo, Sep 14 2018 (IPS) – ‘Think Bigger’, urge the colourful posters on the walls of Ideario, an innovation hub in Chamanculo, a modest neighbourhood in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital. The message is right on target for the new female trainees, eager eyes glued to laptop screens as they learn internet and computer skills. Read More »

দিল্লির রাস্তায় মাঝরাতে দুশ’ নারীর দৌড়, উদ্দেশ্য সচেতনতা বৃদ্ধি

ভয়কে জয় করতেই দিল্লিতে এক ম্যারাথন দৌড়ে পা-মেলালেন ভয়হীন নারীরা৷ ভয় বা আতঙ্কে দৌড় নয়, ‘ভয়হীন দৌড়’ ক’জন দেখেছেন? ভারতে নারী নির্যাতনে সবচেয়ে ওপরের সারিতে থাকা শহরের নাম দিল্লি৷ এই শহর সাক্ষী থেকেছে নির্ভয়ার যন্ত্রণার৷ গত ৯ ও ১০ সেপ্টেম্বরের মধ্যরাতে রাজধানীর রাজপথ ছিল নারীদের৷ ৫ কিলোমিটার দৌড়ালেন শুধু মেয়েরাই৷ যে নারীরা দৌড়লেন, তাঁদের লক্ষ্য কোটি কোটি নারীর কাছে স্বাধীনতা ... Read More »

My baby died. please ask me his name

From BBC Magazine 8 September 2018 There is no word in the English language for a parent whose child has died as if the subject were too painful for society to confront. Elle Wright lost her son Teddy soon after he was born and wants to challenge the idea that a person can only be considered a parent if they ... Read More »

Jhikargachha UZ chairman sacked on graft charges

Jashore, Sept 4 – The Jhikargachha Upazila Parishad Chairman Sabira Nazmul Munni has been dismissed from her post after being convicted in a graft case. Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives issued a letter in this regard, said Jahidul Islam, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Jhikargachha. Read More »

Price hike of kerosene more adverse to women than men: Study

Dhaka, Aug 28 – Price increase of kerosene—still a major fuel for lighting in many rural parts of Bangladesh—put more adverse effects on women than men, a study carried out by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) said. The findings of the study titled “Gender Differentiated Impacts of Kerosene Pricing and Policy Reform in Bangladesh” were revealed during a ... Read More »

Tiny reminder of rape: Rohingya mothers cradle the unwanted

Story and photographs by Julie Zaugg, CNN Updated August 25, 2018 Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (CNN)Yasmin is 33 days old. Wrapped in a checkered blanket, she writhes around in her makeshift crib, a rice sack attached to the ceiling with rope. Her mother, Meher, picks her up and starts breastfeeding, crouching on the earthen floor. “She is my baby, she is ... Read More »

Fight for the right to abortion spreads to Latin America

By Fabiana Frayssinet Buenos Aires, Aug 23 2018 (IPS) – The Argentine Senate’s rejection of a bill to legalise abortion did not stop a Latin American movement, which is on the streets and is expanding in an increasingly coordinated manner among women’s organisations in the region with the most restrictive laws and policies against pregnant women’s right to choose. Read More »

Malaysia: Two women face caning for same-sexconduct

Criminalizing LGBT Relations Fosters Intolerance, Discrimination Bangkok – Malaysian authorities should drop the case against two women for same-sex relations before their scheduled caning on August 28, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. A court convicted the two on August 12 of violating a state Shariah law that criminalizes sex between women and sentenced each to six strokes of the ... Read More »

The gender of law: What mapping of family laws reveals

Recent developments around the world give support to the idea of the #MeToo movement’s transformative potential. A postmodernist claim was that the feminist movement was essentialist and that no one expression of feminism can be applicable to women of different ethnicity, cultural, or class identity. The #Me Too movement has found expression in different cultural traditions and helped to challenge ... Read More »