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AL leader’s wife burnt to death; police recovers body

Natore, June 8 (UNB)— Police foiled a bid to clandestinely bury a woman who died from severe burns in Boraigram Upazila on Friday afternoon. Kamrunnahar Shelly, the third wife of Awami League’s Zoari Union unit chief Abdur Razzak, was injured in a fire on June 2. Her husband insisted that she had suffered severe burns in a gas cylinder explosion. ... Read More »

A call for concrete changes to achieve more gender equal world

By Princess Sarah Zeid Amman, May 29 2019 (IPS) – On the eve of the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver June 3-6, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan interviewed Dr. Olfat Mahmoud, a Palestinian refugee and women’s rights advocate. Princess Sarah spoke with Dr. Olfat about what the humanitarian system would look like if organizations like hers could help shape it, ... Read More »

Water supply, sanitation facilities for school girls a must

• Malva Baskovich • Berenice Flores Arias Uijtewaal WSS Facilities & Menstrual Hygiene Management in Rural Schools of Latin America How memorable is your “first-period story”? Were you at school? Did you dare to tell a friend or teacher? Did you have a proper functioning bathroom to run to, with a door you could close? And for the male readers: ... Read More »

Alleged rapist of minor girl shot, held in Lalmonirhat

Lalmonirhat, June 1 – Hours after he reportedly raped a minor girl, police shot and arrested a young man at Durakuthi in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila early Saturday. The arrestee is Sujon Mia, 25, son of Saidul Islam of Taluk Khutamar in the district town. Police said Saidul took the eight-year-old girl to a bush behind the district court on Friday ... Read More »

Physician held for raping girl in Narsingdi aluring for job

Narsingdi, Jun 1 (UNB) – A physician has been arrested for reportedly raping a teenage girl after promising to give her a nursing job. The arrestee is Arshaf Uddin Julfikar, 50, son of Sirajul Islam of Hotapra in Gazipur Sadar upazila. A resident medical officer of Sonia Knitwear at Shilamandi in the district town, he used to do private practice ... Read More »

Reflections from a mother on Menstrual Hygiene Day

Ruth Kennedy-Walker I recently returned to work after six months of maternity leave with my second child. Transitioning back to my ‘original’ role as a Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank, alongside my new role as a Mum, has been a challenging but fun experience! And it has really made me think about some of the connections ... Read More »

Nushrat murder: OC Moazzem Hossain seeks bail from HC

Dhaka, May 29 – Former Sonagazi officer-in-charge (OC) Moazzem Hossain on Wednesday filed a petition with the High Court seeking anticipatory bail after a tribunal ordered his arrest in a case over recording and circulating a video statement of slain Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. The petition was submitted to the related department of the court on Wednesday. A ... 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 »

Charge sheet in Madrasah student Nushrat murder case Wednesday

Dhaka, May 28 – In a major development, Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) is going to submit the much-awaited charge sheet of Feni madrasah student Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder case before a Feni court Wednesday seeking death penalty of 16 people, who were involved in connection with the killing incident. In a press briefing, PBI chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar yesterday ... Read More »

Maternal mortality rate to fall with child marriage decline

Dhaka, May 28 (UNB) – The maternal mortality rate will come down in the country with the decline in child marriage, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday. The minister came up with the information while speaking at a press conference at the secretariat arranged on the occasion of Safe Motherhood Day observed on Tuesday. “Emergency maternity ... Read More »

IS owns Sunday’s bomb attack injuring 2 including woman cop

Dhaka, May 27 – Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on police members that injured two people, according to a twitter post by global terrorism monitoring network SITE Intelligence. In a Twitter message of the ‘Site Intel Group’, the monitor wrote: “IS Claims Bombing Bangladeshi Police Vehicle in Dhaka.” Bangladesh Police, however, said they are still not ... Read More »

Arrest warrant against ex-Sonagazi OC in Nushrat murder case

Dhaka, May 27 – A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain, the former Sonagazi officer-in-charge (OC), for spreading a video of murdered Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi on social media. Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order following a report submitted by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) before the court seeking ... Read More »

BD Schoolgirl beaten with hammer for refusing love proposal

Narail, May 25 (UNB) – A Class-VIII girl was beaten with a hammer by two youths at Jhamarghop village in Lohagara upazila on Saturday reportedly for refusing a love proposal. The victim is Suborna, daughter of Liakat Mollah of the village and a student of Hazi Mozammel Swarani High School. Police arrested one of the ‘perpetrators’, Kabul Jomaddar, 21, son ... Read More »

The world made promise to women, Girls; we must fulfill them

By Monica Juma NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 2019 (IPS) – In 1994 the International Conference and Population and Development (ICPD) was hosted in Cairo by the Government of Egypt. Twenty-five years later, Kenya is ready to convene the ICPD “Nairobi Summit” in November 2019. The Programme of Action endorsed and adopted at the historic Conference in Cairo has had a ... Read More »

It’s time for feminism at the European elections

by Carmen Calvo, Helena Dalli and Franziska Giffey As the polls open for the European Parliament elections, three gender-equality ministers and state secretaries put feminism at the top of the electoral agenda. The European election campaign has been in full swing. A lot is at stake—not just the composition of the European Parliament, but the soul of Europe. Socialists and ... Read More »

‘Gendering’ the EU budget

by Firat Cengiz There is a clear case for making gender equality a more visible part of the EU budgetary process. Budgets are not gender-neutral. Women and men have different needs and expectations from public services. These needs and expectations also differ among individuals due to other intersecting qualities, such as ethnicity, social and economic class, refugee and migration status, ... Read More »

Bangladesh School teacher arrested for impregnating student

Gazipur, May 21 (UNB)– A school teacher has been arrested for impregnating a seventh grader in Salna area of the city corporation. The victim’s family filed a case at Sadar Police Station on May 20 against the teacher, Sohel Rana Sarkar. He raped the girl on October 12 last year, according to the case statement, and threatened to kill her ... Read More »

Police constable rapes girl, 16 hurls her through ventilator

Madaripur, May 20 (UNB)- A 54-year-old police constable in Sadar upazila was withdrawn on Monday for throwing a teenage girl out of his house through the ventilator after raping her. Muktar Hossain, 54, was working as a constable at Madaripur.   Kamrul Hossain, officer-in-charge of Madaripur Sadar Police Station, said the constable has been residing with his wife in rented ... Read More »

Mymensingh medical students protest sexual harassment

Mymensingh, May 18 (UNB) – Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) students protested for a third consecutive day on Saturday against the alleged sexual harassment of a female student by a rickshaw puller on the campus. They gathered in front of the academic building shouting slogans in the morning. They locked the building’s main entrance in the afternoon and vowed to continue ... Read More »

Ex Belgian king faces $5,000 fine daily over paternity test

By Emily Dixon and Samuel Quashie-Idun, CNN . (CNN)A Belgian court has ruled that Albert II, the former king of Belgium, will be fined €5,000 ($5,600) every day until he takes a DNA test to determine whether he fathered a child during an alleged affair. Delphine Boel, a Belgian artist and sculptor, claims the king had an affair with her ... Read More »

Women HR defenders face greater risks for their gender

JOHANNESBURG, May 16 2019 (IPS) – Does the name Ihsan Al Fagiri ring a bell? How about Heba Omer or Adeela Al Zaebaq? It’s likely that these names, among countless others, are not known to the average news consumer. But their tireless and dangerous work, however, has made news headlines as protests led to historic political change in Sudan. To the ... Read More »

A step forward in UN’s efforts against rape as weapon of war

By Rene Wadlow On Tuesday, 23 April 2019, the United Nations Security Council voted resolution N° 2467 concerning the use of rape as a weapon in times of armed conflict. This resolution builds on an earlier resolution of 24 June 2013 which called for the complete and immediate cessation of all acts of sexual violation by all parties in armed ... Read More »

Unlocking the power of women

NEW YORK, May 15 2019 (IPS) – This June, thousands will flock to Vancouver for a global dialogue on how to accelerate progress for girls and women under the banner of power, progress and change. At the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the largest in the world for gender equality, delegates will come together to unlock power at three levels: individual, structural, and ... Read More »

Double life sentence for rape, burning victim to death

Cumilla, May 13 (UNB)— A man was sentenced to two life terms in prison on Monday for raping a girl on false promise of marriage and burning her to death when she was pregnant. Cumilla Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 also sentenced another woman to life imprisonment and fined her in the same case. The convicts are Taleb Hossain ... Read More »

Cricket: Sheikh Rasel, BKSP win

Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) – Sheikh Rasel Sports Development Academy and Bangladesh Krira Shikka Protishtan (BKSP) won their respective matches in the Dhaka Premier Division Women’s Cricket League at two separate venues of BKSP on Sunday. Venue: BKSP-3 Team: Gulshan Youth Club vs Sheikh Rasel SDA Toss won:Sk. Rasel Sports Development Academy Brief Score: Gulshan Youth Club: 76/10 (40.5 overs), ... Read More »

Rape threat: Sylhet intern docs for punishing student leader

Sylhet, May 12 – The intern doctors at Sylhet Women’s Medical College Hospital (SWMC) staged a demonstration demanding the immediate arrest of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader over his rape threat to one of their fellows. They brought out a procession from the medical college premises that ended at the same place and formed a human chain after marching ... Read More »

Senior cop withdrawn for neglect of duty in Nusrat murder case

Dhaka, May 12 – Superintendent of Police (SP) of Feni SM Jahangir Alam Sarker has been withdrawn for negligence of duty over the murder of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi. The SP was attached to the Police Headquarters (PHQ) on Sunday, said it’s Assistant Inspector General (Media and Public Relations), Sohel Rana. He said Jahangir was withdrawn as per ... Read More »

G7 must support feminist aid agenda to tackle inequality

Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) – G7 development aid must prioritise the needs of women and girls if they are to tackle poverty and economic inequality, said Oxfam on Sunday. The Group of Seven (G7) is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The G7 accounts for three quarters of total international ... Read More »

900 child soldiers taken away from Nigeria vigilante group

Maiduguri, May 10 (AP/UNB) — Authorities say nearly 900 children who were enlisted in a civilian defense militia in northeastern Nigeria have been officially separated from the group in accordance with a U.N. accord. The children had been part of a group that was helping government forces fight armed Islamic extremists. A total of 894 child soldiers formerly in the ... Read More »

Five put on remand over nurse killing after rape

Kishoreganj, May 8 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday placed five people on an eight-day remand each in a case filed over killing a nurse after rape in a moving bus at Gazaria nearby Bajitpur upazila.  Those remanded are bus driver Nuruzzaman, his assistants Lalan Mia, Rafikul Islam, Khokon Mia and Bakul Mia. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court Judge ... Read More »