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Banani girl rape case hearing on June 19

Dhaka – The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 of Dhaka on Monday fixed June 19 for hearing on whether to take the charges into cognizance against the accused in the case filed about the rape of two private university girls at a Banani hotel. Read More »

Protecting children on the move in Bangladesh

When Cyclone Mora struck southwest Bangladesh at the end of May, the storm had a particularly devastating impact on the informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar, which are home to displaced people from Myanmar who fled violence in their homes in parts of northern Rakhine. The homes of more than 150,000 migrants were badly damaged or destroyed. Made of mud-walls with ... Read More »

Family planning carnival Bangladesh 2017

Rafiqul Alam Khan In the early 70s’ birth per women constituted above 7 percent in Bangladesh but according to World Bank the rate in 2017 is just 2.2. This is almost analogous to a miracle. Something happened between these periods that caused birth rate to a sharp decline. Thanks to decade old family planning initiatives led by the government, NGOs ... Read More »

“Shocking” reality of child marriage in the US

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Jun 8 (IPS) – While stories of child marriage are commonly associated with the Global South, lesser known are the cases closer to home: in the United States. Across the world, child marriage has persisted and the United States is no exception. Across all 50 states in the North American nation, marriage before the age of ... Read More »

African Commission on HR tackles sexual orientation

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has taken on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, topics that some may have considered too “controversial” but that fall squarely within the ambit of human rights. I represented Human Rights Watch at the commission’s 60th ordinary session in early in May in Niamey, Niger. Human rights defenders and organizations that ... Read More »

Saudi women living under gender aparthied

Just over a week after Dina Ali Lasloom, a 24-year-old Saudi Arabian, was dragged onto a plane from Manila to Riyadh with her mouth taped shut and her arms and legs bound, the United Nations voted to appoint Saudi Arabia to a four-year term on its Commission on the Status of Women. So much for the status of this Saudi ... Read More »

40 pc women remain indoors for lack of good transports

Around 56 percent women in the capital city are unwilling to go outside their respective homes for lack of good transport system, while 43.5 percent say they limit their free movement due to the absence of adequate facilities for them, says a new study. The study titled ‘Gender Responsive Urban Planning’ says underpass and overpass or foot-over bridges should be ... Read More »

Sexual violence as a “threat to security, durable Peace”

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 17 (IPS) – Sexual violence is increasingly used as a tactic of terrorism and thus must be addressed as a peace and security issue, officials said at a United Nations Security Council meeting. UN officials, member states, and civil society representatives came together during a Security Council debate to discuss the pervasive issues, challenges, and ... Read More »

Two student-rape case accused put on remand

Dhaka – A Dhaka court on Sunday remanded Shafat Ahmed, the main accused in the rape of two private university students, for six days on police custody and Sadman Aqif, another accused, in the case for five days after the police produced them before the Metropolitan Magistrate Raihanul Islam. Read More »

Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters

By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser UN, May 11 (IPS) – Later this month, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will take place in Mexico. This meeting provides an important opportunity to reboot global progress on embedding gender equality in disaster risk management and redress deadly exclusion. Read More »

Concerns arise over freed Nigerian abductees

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 10 (IPS) – Following the release of over 80 missing schoolgirls, human rights groups have expressed concerns about their rights and future. After a series of negotiations, the Government of Nigeria recently struck a deal allowing for the release of 82 girls from Chibok in Nigeria’s Borno state in exchange for five Boko Haram leaders. Read More »