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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 »

Rewriting the rules on #MeToo globally

By Nisha Varia New Yprk, Apr 30, 2019 (IPS) – I have been working to protect the rights of women workers for 25 years, and whether I speak to domestic workers, election workers, farmers, or activists, their experience of sexual harassment and violence has been a common thread. The other commonality? The almost complete absence of redress in any of ... Read More »

Bangladesh Madrasa girl ‘raped’ in Sherpur

Sherpur, May 2 – Police are looking for a 40-year-old man who is suspected of raping an eighth-grader in Sreebardi Upazila on Wednesday. The victim was alone at her house in Shankar Ghosh village around noon when Ujjal Mia, the suspect, went to her house. He raped her finding her alone, police said quoting her relatives. Locals rescued the victim ... Read More »

Austerity is hurting women’s health

by Fran Darlington-Pollock A close look at how the austerity practiced in the UK since 2010 has affected women’s health shows a gender lens must always be applied to see the full picture. Where you live can kill you—and, in recent years, more quickly if you are female. While life expectancy has been stalling in the UK since 2014, it ... Read More »

Rewriting the Rules on #MeToo Globally

I have been working to protect the rights of women workers for 25 years, and whether I speak to domestic workers, election workers, farmers, or activists, their experience of sexual harassment and violence has been a common thread. The other commonality? The almost complete absence of redress in any of those cases, spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the ... Read More »

A historic journey in a wheelchair from Syria to the UN

Shantha Rau Barriga, Director, Disability Rights Division ShanthaHRW Nujeen Mustafa: First Woman with a Disability to Brief the UN Security Council Nujeen Mustafa is the first woman with a disability to brief the UN Security Council. “It was surreal.” That’s how 20-year-old Nujeen Mustafa described the experience Wednesday of being the first person with a disability to brief the United ... Read More »

Actress Shomi faces Tk 1 billion defamation case

Dhaka, Apr 30 – A case has been filed against actress Shomi Kaiser for reportedly tarnishing the image of journalists branding them ‘thieves’ during a programme at the Jatiya Press Club on April 24. Editor of online news portal Mia Md Nuzhatul Hasan filed the case on Tuesday. Judge of the Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court Asaduzzaman Nur ... Read More »

Mozambique cyclone victims Forced to trade sex for food: HRW

The Mozambique authorities should urgently investigate and appropriately prosecute alleged sexual exploitation of Cyclone Idai victims by local officials, Human Rights Watch said today. Hunger and destruction caused by the cyclone have left hundreds of thousands of women vulnerable to abuse. Victims, residents, and aid workers told Human Rights Watch that local community leaders, some linked to the ruling Frelimo party, demanded money from ... Read More »

Improving the lives of millions of mothers and children

PEMBA, Zambia, Apr 26 2019 (IPS) – It is slightly after 3pm on a hot Wednesday afternoon in Chipata district, eastern Zambia, and a group of women are gathering for a meeting. It is Elizabeth Tembo’s turn to stand amongst the other mothers like herself and share key lessons on nutrition. It is a subject she learnt about from a project ... Read More »

BD can prosper more with better jobs for women: WB

Dhaka, Apr 28 – Bangladesh can prosper further by ensuring more and better jobs for women, said a World Bank report released on Sunday. Bangladesh is among the few countries in South Asia that has increased female employment in the last decade while also cutting the wage gap between men and women significantly and it should keep this momentum going ... Read More »

Russia’s First Female Central Bank chief in Challenging Job

WASHINGTON DC, Apr 24 2019 (IPS) – Within a few short months after taking up her post as governor of the Central Bank of Russia in 2013, Elvira Nabiullina faced a growing economic crisis brought on by plunging oil prices, geopolitical tensions, and sanctions. By December 2014, the exchange rate and the banking system were under severe pressure, and the economy ... Read More »

Rubana Huq takes charge as BGMEA President

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – Rubana Huq took charge as the first female president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Saturday. She will lead the organisation for the 2019-2021 term. Outgoing BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman handed over the charge to Rubana at their new office in Uttara. Rubana, managing director of Mohammadi Group, is the wife ... Read More »

C-sections greatest burden in childbirth expenses: icddr,b

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB)- Families may be spending the highest amount from their pockets for caesarian section deliveries among different child delivery-related expenses in Bangladesh, said a recent icddr,b analysis. C-section deliveries fork out an average USD 250 (equivalent to Tk21,121) out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure while a normal delivery burden on the pocket is only around USD 60 (equivalent to Tk ... Read More »

Brunei’s new stoning law

This month, the Sultanate of Brunei confirmed plans to impose a new penal code with brutal punishments. These include whipping or death by stoning for extramarital sex and anal sex, among other things, and amputations of limbs for theft. Abortion is also criminalized, and lesbian sex is punished by 40 lashes. Many of these new “crimes” were already prohibited under the country’s Syariah Penal Code ... Read More »

Housewife burnt to death in Chattogram

Chattogram, Apr 18 (UNB) – A housewife was burnt to death in a fire that broke out a dwelling house at Maijpara in city’s Patenga area on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Shahina Akter, 32, wife of Md Musa of the area. A fire broke out at a house at Razarpukur Par around 10am and spread soon, said Jashim ... Read More »

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 »