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7 entrepreneurs win Colors Platinum Business Women Awards

Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – Seven successful women in business received ‘Colors Platinum Business Women Awards 2019’ at a function in a city hotel on Saturday evening. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the award-giving ceremony which was also attended by High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das, General Manager of Intercontinental Dhaka Marc Reissinger and ... Read More »

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

Dhaka, July 18 (UNB) – When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn’t need to look further than her own industry, reports The Indian Express. The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter’s latest movie, Nina Wu, is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused ... Read More »

ICC convicts Warlord Bosco Ntaganda for sexual slavery

Warlord Bosco Ntaganda becomes the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the International Criminal Court. Women and girls conscripted into his army were forced into sexual servitude amongst multiple horrific crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo including using child soldiers, rape and murder. Read More »

Girls outshine boys in HSC examinations

Dhaka, July 17 – The girls are outshining the boys in pass rates in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations over the last several years which are good but lower pass rate of the boys should not be a good sign, experts said on Wednesday. Read More »

Let’s talk about sex – and why power matters

By Dr Natalia Kanem UN, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) – Every year on World Population Day (July 11), UNFPA receives queries from journalists about the total number of people around the world. Numbers are indeed important because they help governments develop policies that respond to evolving needs for services such as education and health. Read More »

Rape incidents surge for lack of law enforcement: BNP

Dhaka, July 12 (UNB) – BNP standing committee member Selima Rahman on Friday alleged that rape and other crimes have marked a sharp rise in the country for lack of enforcement of law since the government is regulating the judiciary. “The incidents of rape have turned acute as the government has completely shattered the judiciary. From a child to an ... Read More »

The sex scandal at the heart of the Afghan government

By Yogita LimayeBBC News, Kabul Afghanistan has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment at the highest levels of government. Officials deny wrongdoing but a BBC investigation has heard from women who describe a culture of abuse. In a house near the foot of the dusty mountains that surround Kabul, I meet a former government employee. She asks to remain ... Read More »

Prof Yunus wins 2019 Global Women’s Leadership award

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has been honored with the ‘2019 Global Women’s Leadership Award’ at the Global Summit of Women in Basel, Switzerland. Prof Yunus received the award on July 5 for his internationally-recognised work in poverty alleviation and economic empowerment of women globally through his pioneering work of microfinance and social business, said ... Read More »

Minor Sayma rape-murder: Prime suspect held in Comilla

Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) – Detectives in a drive in Cumilla on Sunday arrested the prime suspect in the killing of six-year-old girl Samia Afrin Sayma after rape in Dhaka’s Wari area. They arrested Harun-Or-Rashid, a painter by profession, from Darbardanga area in Titas upazila in Cumilla district. Harun used to live in the same building where the victim’s family resides. Tipped ... Read More »

Kushtia rape victim forced to detail in public; video goes viral

Kushtia, July 7 – The video clip of a mentally-challenged teenage rape victim being harassed publicly by arbitrators in the name of settling the issue in Khoksa Upazila has gone viral, triggering public outcry. Although six days have elapsed since the arbitration, no action has been taken yet against the arbitrators. In the video clips, it was seen that the ... Read More »

Turning the tide on violence and harassment at work

by Rothna Begum The #MeToo movement raised global awareness about the experience of harassment at work—now we have a potentially far-reaching ILO convention to combat the phenomenon. ‘This is a historic day.’ The words sent a shiver down my spine, as applause erupted at the United Nations in Geneva on June 21st. The governments, worker representatives and employer organisations which ... Read More »

Hacked by miscreants mother-daughter in health complex

Chandpur, July 3 (UNB) – Police Super Jihadul Kabir visited Faridganj Health Complex to see the condition of the mother and daughter who were hacked by miscreants four days back over a spurned marriage proposal. The incident took place on Sunday night at village Poshchim Poa under number 14 Faridganj South Union of the upazila. A local lout, Wasim, 23, ... Read More »

London to host Miss World final,130 contestants for crown

The world’s largest annual international event returns to London for its 69thyear London, 2 July 2019 – The Miss World Organisation, led by Julia Morley, Chairman and CEO, has today announced exciting plans to bring 130 incredible women from all over the world to London for a three-week festival and the Miss World Final. Contestants will arrive in London on ... Read More »

Women’s rights are key in slowing down population

By Sivananthi Thanenthiran UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2019 (IPS) – The increase in world population by 2 billion in the next 30 years will present a serious global challenge especially if we do not find new paradigms of development thought and renewed global political leadership. Our region, the Asia and the Pacific region is already home to 60 per cent ... Read More »

15 inspiring women leading in the AgTech Sector

From Danielle Nierenberg Women in the food system and technology sectors face a lot of obstacles. The agriculture sector is rapidly incorporating new technologies and innovations, but the sector often falls flat in incorporating women into AgTech. Women in the sector make on average 61 cents to the dollar in wages compared to their male counterparts, and women-led startups receive ... Read More »

ILO’s Non-binding treaty to end harassment at workplace?

By Thalif Deen UN, Jun 26, 2019 (IPS) – Against the bbackdropof widespread charges of sexual abuse and harassment at workplaces– including the United Nations– the International Labour Conference (ILC) last week adopted a “Convention” and a set of “Recommendations” to protect workers and employees worldwide. According to the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation (ILO), whose broad policies are set by ... Read More »

Narsingdi fire-attack victim Fulan Rani loses battle for life

Narsingdi, June 26 (UNB) – Teenage girl Fulan Rani Barman, who was set afire by miscreants here on June 13, died on Wednesday morning after fighting for her life for 12 days. She succumbed to her burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital around 6am, said sub-inspector Abdul Gaffar of district Detective Branch of police. Fulan ... Read More »

Put gender violence survivors in front and centre

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Jun 20 2019 (IPS) – Sexual violence is still all too common and continues to threaten peace and security worldwide. How can we do better? Put survivors at the centre. Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Jun. 19, United Nations officials as well as government and civil society representatives ... Read More »

New UK rules to end gender stereotypes in ads may go further

by Magadlena Zawisza Advertisers still often hit consumers with gender stereotypes. And do they often miss—at their own business expense. Remember the infamous ‘beach body ready’ campaign from 2015 for the supplement brand Protein World? It’s the one that challenged passersby with a steel-gazed, bikini clad, perfectly toned model and the slogan ‘Are you beach body ready?’. And what about ... Read More »

Ex-OC of Sonagazi refused bail, sent to jail

Dhaka, June 17 – Dhaka Cyber Crimes Tribunal yesterday sent former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain to jail after rejecting his bail plea in connection with a case filed for recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement on video and spreading it online. Judge Mohammad As-Shams Jaglul Hossain of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal passed the order in a jam-packed courtroom ... Read More »

Sexual assaults in BD take horrific turn: Two held

Dhaka, June 15 – Two minor girls have reportedly been raped in Netrakona and Comilla while a bus driver and his helper arrested in Manikganj for ‘rape attempt’ on a woman in their moving vehicle. Besides, a youth has been held in Feni for ‘repeatedly raping’ a schoolgirl and a man in Sirajganj over ‘rape attempt’ on a minor girl. ... Read More »

Young BD girl set on fire in Narsingdi

Narsingdi, June 14 (UNB) – A young girl suffered serious burn injuries as miscreants allegedly set her on fire at Birpur in the district town on Thursday night. The victim was identified as Phulon Barman, 17, daughter of Shital Barman of the area. Salauddin Ahmed, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Narsingdi Model Police Station, said Phulon went to a grocery shop for ... Read More »

Neymar undergoes questioning by police, denies rape claim

Sao Paulo, June 14 (AP/UNB) — Brazilian soccer star Neymar spent about five hours at a police station Thursday to undergo questioning about rape allegations against him, one of the final steps in the investigation. Prosecutor Flavia Merlini told journalists that the player “denies the accusations and responded (to questions) in a satisfactory way.” The woman who has accused him ... 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 »

Alleged dangerous killer rapist caught, says Rab

Narsingdi, June 12 – Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) claims to have cracked the rape and murder case of Sabina Akhter in Shibur upazila, saying they arrested the ‘killer’ who did sexual intercourse with the victim after killing her. At a press conference at Narsingdi Press Club on Wednesday, commanding officer of Rab-11 Kazi Shamser Ahmed said they arrested Saiful Islam, ... Read More »

Keraniganj Police OC among 11 sued for rape

Dhaka, June 12 – A rape victim on Tuesday evening sued Keraniganj Police Station OC of Dhaka and 10 others for kidnapping and raping her and the court directed the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to submit a report after investigating into the incident. Judge Shahidul Islam of the Women and Children Repression Tribunal-6 of Dhaka passed the order after ... Read More »

Society: Financialisation destroys social solidarity

By Michael Lim Mah Hui and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Jun 4 2019 (IPS) – Finance has not stopped at dominating the real economy. The tentacles of finance have reached into significant, if not most parts of society. Gerald Davis characterises modern society, where finance is dominant, as a ‘portfolio society’, in which aspects of social life ... 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 »