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Bringing back our girls not end of the story

By Aruna Dutt UN, (IPS) – “Wherever war reaches there is rape, and wherever rape is there is trauma, pain and terror” Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict said here last week. Sexual violence has been used as as a weapon of war from ancient times to this day. From Biblical references through ... Read More »

Head of Tonu’s second autopsy board seeks security after threat

Comilla – The head of a medical board, which has conducted the 2nd autopsy on the body of Comilla Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu, has sought police security following the death threat, Unb news agency reported. Dr Kamoda Prosad Saha, also head of the Forensic Department of Comilla Medical College Hospital, sent a letter to the police super’s office ... Read More »

Want to pay unique respect to mothers! Follow BD musicians

Dhaka – It is rare in Bangladesh to find a singer who did not sing a song on ‘mother’ sharing love, respect and sorrow, sowing the seeds of eternity, unb news agency reported. But for the first time, a group of Bangladeshi youngsters have come up with a song titled ‘Mother’ in seven languages, including Bangla, dedicating it to mothers ... Read More »

HOPE Maternal Health and Fistula Conference held

HOPE Kicked off the First-Ever HOPE Maternal Health and Fistula Conference. The Conference took place March 19-20, 2016 at the Long Beach Hotel and Resort in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, in collaboration with Fistula Foundation, USA. The conference was also supported by  UNFPA Bangladesh, USAID, Fistula Care Plus, EngenderHealth Bangladesh, Midwives for Haiti and Health and Development Initiative, Norway. Read More »

Asian-Pacific Women’s presentation on population & dev for UN

ARROW, Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a regional, partnership based, non-governmental organisation that has been working since 1993 to advance women and young people’s health and rights, particularly in the area of sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the Asia Pacific region and the regions of Global South. ... Read More »

Triple talaq: India’s Muslim women fight against instant divorce

India is perhaps the only country in the world where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in a matter of minutes by just uttering the word talaq (divorce) three times. But this controversial practice of “triple talaq” is now facing a stiff challenge – the Supreme Court is considering whether to declare it unconstitutional, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey ... Read More »

Married women more likely to be obese

Dhaka – Nearly one in five married women in the country are obese or overweight, a new research from International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) has found, BSS news agency has reported. The study showed that out of 16,493 women, about 18 percent was overweight or obese in the country. Read More »

Establishing the minimum age of marriage for all Sri Lanka citizens

Shreen Saroor Women Action Network (WAN*) welcomes and appreciates the actions of Member of Parliament (MP) Hirunika Premachandra during a workshop with parliamentarians on the formation of Constitution, held on 29th March 2016 wherein she raised the concerns that Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) allows for Muslim girls and boys below the age of 18 to be married. MP ... Read More »

Barrister Sara wins Women of Courage Award

Dhaka – The US Department of State has named Barrister Sara Hossain and 13 other extraordinary women from around the world to honour them with its International Women of Courage Award. US Secretary of State John Kerry will present the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to them at the US Department of State on Tuesday. Read More »

Protest against Tanu murder spread ‘Pressure on family to confess’

More people and organisations across the country lent voice to the demand for the immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers of Comilla’s college student Sohagi Jahan Tonu as there has been no arrest even after seven days of her murder, reports UNB news agency. Protesters brought out processions, formed human chains in different parts of the country demanding ... Read More »

‘Child marriage drops in Bangladesh by 31%’

New York – The rate of child marriages in Bangladesh could drop by a third when girls are educated and taught job skills, according to a study released here on Wednesday. Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted the study on ways to counter the practice rampant in the South Asian nation. Two out of three girls in South Asia marry before age ... Read More »

A reporter tweeted a video of her sexual assault

By Oscar Balderas and Jo Tuckman An escalating storm over the case of a reporter who tweeted a video of herself being sexually assaulted in Mexico City has shone a spotlight on impunity for sex crimes in the country — and triggered an outpouring of misogyny. It all began when Andrea Noel was walking down a leafy street last week ... Read More »

Ladies need to worry about these 5 diseases that can kill them

Another Women’s Day came and went but women’s risk of troubling, and potentially fatal, diseases will remain the same unless they proactively put themselves and their health at par with their family and friends. Heart disease Heart disease kills more women than all the cancers put together, yet few are aware of the risk they run of collapsing from a ... Read More »

CPJ recognises nine female journalists jailed for their work

By Courtney C. Radsch/CPJ Advocacy Director Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad’s regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria despite a court ordering her release. (AP/Mohammad Hannon) Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad’s regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria ... Read More »

International Women’s Day: Improving the lives of women farmers

Danielle Nierenberg Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” addresses the continuing injustices faced by women across the globe. Women farmers’ yields, for example, are often 20–30 percent lower than for men’s because of a lack of access to banking, financial services, and inputs. But filling this ... Read More »

She lived to tell her story in Pakistan

They planned to shoot 19-year-old Saba Qaiser in the head, put her body in a bag, and dump it in the river. It’s pure luck that they didn’t succeed. Saba was wounded but not dead, and managed to drag herself out of the river. Her attackers? Her father and her uncle, who sought revenge on Saba after she married without ... Read More »

Pahela Baishakh accused ‘sex offender’ remanded

Dhaka – A court n Dhaka on Thursday placed Mohammad Kamal, arrested in connection with the sexual harassment of several women during Pahela Baishakh celebrations on the Dhaka University campus last year, on a two-day remand. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abdullah Al Masud passed the order after sub-inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of Police Dipok Kumar Das produced Kamal before the ... Read More »

Rural women behind community climate resilience in Africa

Small farmers – mainly women – produce 80% of the food in Africa on just 14.7% of the agricultural land, and control 80% of the seeds produced and exchanged on small farms. The African Biodiversity Network, Gaia Foundation and African Women’s Development Fund have jointly released a report in recognition of the critical role African rural women play in evolving ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia elects first female politicians

At least four women elected to municipal councils in Saudi Arabia’s first poll open to female voters and candidates. At least four women have won seats in Saudi Arabia’s municipal polls, the country’s first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates, local reports said. The female candidates were elected to three councils – two in Ihsaa governorate and one each ... Read More »

Mother milk project starts

icddr,b, in collaboration with Interfab Shirt Manufacturing Limited (ISML), on Thursday launched ‘Mother’s Milk project’ which will enable women to take home pasteurized breast milk that stays safe for eight hours. Read More »