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Ensure Justice for Murdered Female Student | HRW

(New York) – The Bangladesh government should thoroughly investigate the murder of a madrassa student and fairly prosecute all those responsible, Human Rights Watch said. The murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was killed after she filed a complaint of attempted rape, should spur the authorities to take concerted action to combat sexual violence in the country. The police said that Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 18, was ... Read More »

Timely action could have averted Nusrat murder: NHRC

Dhaka, Apr 16 – Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Kazi Reazul Hoque on Tuesday said the murder of the Feni madrasa girl could have been averted had the local administration and the madrasa managing committee took necessary measures in time. “The Commission also thinks police officials concerned showed negligence and committed a crime. There’s also negligence on ... Read More »

HRW calls for ensuring justice for Nusrat

Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said the government of Bangladesh should “thoroughly investigate” the murder of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi and fairly prosecute all those responsible for the incident. “The horrifying murder of a brave woman who sought justice shows how badly the Bangladesh government has failed victims of sexual assault,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, ... Read More »

Female magistrates to record testimonies of rape victims: SC

Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – Bangladesh’s top court says it wants female magistrates to record the testimonies of female victims of rape and sexual harassment from now on. “This is for the sake of fair investigation and trial,” the Supreme Court said in a circular issued on Monday. The chief judicial magistrates and chief metropolitan magistrates have been requested to ... Read More »

BNP complains of evil efforts’ to protect Nusrat’s killers

Dhaka, Apr 13 – BNP on Saturday alleged that ‘evil efforts’ are on to protect the real killers of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. “Though some killers in the Nusrat murder case have been arrested, people have strong doubt whether the real killers will get arrested. They have also doubt whether the investigation into the case is lost in ... Read More »

Driver held for harassing CU student on moving bus

Chattogram, April 13 (UNB) – Police arrested a bus driver on Friday night in a case filed for attempting to strangle a female student of Chittagong University (CU) on the moving vehicle in the port city on Thursday. The law enforcers also seized the bus from Oxygen area, said Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station. Driver Biplab Debnath was ... Read More »

Helper ‘tries’ to strangle CU girl on moving bus

Chattogram, Apr 12 (UNB) – The helper of a bus reportedly tried to strangle a female student of Chittagong University (CU) on his moving vehicle in the city on Thursday when she was the lone passenger inside. A case was filed with Kotwali Police Station in this regard on Friday and police launched a drive to identify and arrest the ... Read More »

Those responsible for Nusrat murder to face punishment: PM

Dhaka, Apr 12 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said every person involved in the killing of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi will be booked and given exemplary punishment so that no one dares to commit such heinous act.“We’ve already arrested some culprits and others will be arrested. No one will be spared. We won’t allow anyone ... Read More »

It’s time to bring menstrual awareness to workplaces

Menstruation clearly makes for a substantial part of life, so why is it still taboo in discussions of work environment and work-life balance? In 2018, the Swedish organisation MENSEN—forum för menstruation received funding from the Swedish Gender Equality Agency for a one-year project dealing with menstruation from a work perspective. Through the project, which is a pilot in collaboration with a Gothenburg-based workplace, ... Read More »

BNP demands exemplary punishment of Nusrat’s killers

Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – Demanding exemplary punishment of those who killed madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi by setting her on fire, BNP on Thursday said social injustice has marked an alarming rise as a result of dangerous misrule by the current ‘illegal’ regime. In a condolence message, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said people have now ... Read More »

Tearful adieu to Feni madrasa girl Nusrat

Feni, Apr 11 (UNB) – Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi who died after being set on fire was laid to eternal rest at her village home in Sonagazi upazila on Thursday evening. She was buried at their family graveyard at Char Chandia village following a namaz-e-janaza at Mohammad Saber Pilot High School ground around 5:50pm. Nusrat’s father Maulana KM Musa, ... Read More »

যৌন হয়রানির দায়ে ফেনী মাদরাসা অধ্যক্ষের শাস্তি দাবী

-ইশা ছাত্র আন্দোলন যৌন হয়রানি আজ মহামারি আকার ধারণ করেছে। একের পর এক যৌন হয়রানি দেশ ও জাতিকে ভাবিয়ে তুলছে। সাম্প্রতিক ফেনীতে অধ্যক্ষ কর্তৃক ছাত্রী নিপীড়ন ও নির্যাতনে সমাজে উদ্বেগ সৃষ্টি করেছে। আমরা এর তীব্র নিন্দা ও প্রতিবাদ জানাই। আজ ১০ এপ্রিল ’১৯ এক যৌথ বিবৃতিতে ইশা ছাত্র আন্দোলন এর কেন্দ্রীয় সভাপতি শেখ ফজলুল করীম মারুফ ও সেক্রেটারি জেনারেল মুহাম্মাদ ... Read More »

Burn victim Feni madrasa girl Rafi dies at DMCH

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – After fighting for her life for five days, madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi who was set afire in Songazi upazila of Feni succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Wednesday night. She died at the DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery unit around 9:30pm, said its chief Prof Rayhana Awwal Sumi. On ... Read More »

Burnt Feni madrassa girl undergoes surgery on life support

Feni, Apr 9 (UNB) – A surgery on Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after being set on fire, was carried out on Tuesday keeping her under life support. After the two-hour operation, her brother said her sister’s condition was a bit better. Dr Abul Kalam, chief of the medical ... Read More »

Ex-clerk held for raping schoolgirl for years

Chapainawabganj, Apr 5 (UNB) – A man accused of blackmailing and raping a female high school student for several years was arrested on Friday morning from Naogaon. Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) identified the man as Rahim Badsha, 40, son of Ekramul Haq of Telkupi village in Shibganj upazila.   “Badsha has been raping the girl for five years,” Squadron Leader ... Read More »

Japan’s gender gap

CHICAGO, Illinois, Mar 27 2019 (IPS) – Japan is not making progress in gender equality, at least relative to the rest of the world. Despite the Japanese government’s attempts in recent years to pass legislation promoting the economic activity of women, Japan ranked a miserable 110 out of 149 in the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Gender Gap Index, which benchmarks countries on ... Read More »

Subarnachar election-time gang-rape accused surrenders

Dhaka, April 03 – The prime accused of the latest ‘gang rape’ in Noakhali’s Subarnachar Upazila area on Wednesday surrendered before a Noakhali district court while the court rejected his bail plea. Abul Kalam alias Bechu Majhi, 40, the accused in the case lodged over the rape of a mother of six, surrendered before the Cognisance Court of Noakhali. Judge ... Read More »

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Biden

Washington, Apr 2 (AP/UNB) — Aides to Joe Biden are striking a more aggressive tone as the former vice president faces scrutiny over his past behavior toward women. In a statement Monday, Biden spokesman Bill Russo blasted “right wing trolls” from “the dark recesses of the internet” for conflating images of Biden embracing acquaintances, colleagues and friends in his official ... Read More »

Open access to sexual, reproductive health, rights urged

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), a Non-Governmental Organisation in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council has in a statement said, Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality are foundational to the full implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for ... Read More »

Liberal upstart Caputova1st Slovak female president

Slovakia, Mar 31 (AP/UNB) — An liberal environmental activist has been elected as the first female president of Slovakia. Relative newcomer Zuzana Caputova had 58 percent of the vote with almost 95 percent of returns counted in Saturday’s runoff election, topping European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who had 42 percent. Sefcovic conceded defeat and congratulated his rival. “I’m extremely ... Read More »

Safe menstrual practices important for progress

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) – As menstruation continues to be shamed in many communities, one organisation is rising up to the challenge to ensure “safe menstruation for all women of Bangladesh.” Half of the approximately four billion women around the world are of reproductive age. For these women and girls, menstruation is a natural monthly reality. However, a lack ... Read More »

Nepal Police and community tackle violence against women

• Police and Community Partnership in Nepal Tackling Violence Against Women • According to a survey by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 61% of women who face domestic abuse in Nepal never report it. • Reporting cases of gender-based violence has increased by more than 46% in the districts with the program. Thirty-six-year-old Harina from Bajhang in western Nepal ... Read More »

Myanmar and China’s bride trafficking problem

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 22 2019 (IPS) – Women and girls from Myanmar are increasingly being trafficked as “brides” to China, a human rights group found. In a new report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) documented numerous cases of women and girls from Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan States who were trafficked and forced into sexual slavery in China, as well as the alarming lack of ... Read More »

Ten women get Anannya Shirshodosh award

Dhaka, Mar 23 – Anannya, a fortnightly feminist magazine of Bangladesh, on Saturday awarded 10 women of the country for their outstanding contributions to their respective areas. “Anannya Shirshodosh 2018” awards were handed over to the distinguished women for their outstanding contributions at a ceremony held at the National Museum in city’s Shahbag area. The recipients of the prestigious awards ... Read More »

HC revokes sacked AL leader’s bail over polls-time gang rape

Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB) – The High Court on Saturday revoked its previous order that granted a one-year interim bail to sacked Awami League leader Ruhul Amin in a case over the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali after the December-30 national election. The HC bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman sat on ... Read More »

Women take the lead tackling climate change in Bangladesh

LONDON / DHAKA, Mar 15 2019 (IPS) – The stakes are high for women when faced with a warming world – their livelihoods jeopardised by labour markets that tend to put men first, their family responsibilities increasing rapidly in the face of droughts and flooding, and politicians who refuse to acknowledge the challenges they face. The story of those living on ... Read More »

Gender gap in disaster risk management: Why it matters

Submitted by Caren Grown, co-authors: Cristina Otano Over the past decade, the practice of disaster risk management (DRM) has evolved and matured. From mainly focusing on disaster response, local and international actors alike now emphasize the importance of preparedness and prevention – saving lives and avoiding losses even before disaster strikes. Yet despite this progress, there’s much more work to ... Read More »

Women extremely oppressed in Bangladesh: Fakhrul

Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that women are being seriously repressed in the country as the government ‘usurped power by snatching people’s all rights’. “The Women’s Day is being observed in Bangladesh today (Friday) where women are being extremely oppressed,” he told a human chain programme.  The BNP leader also ... Read More »