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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 »

Break the menstrual taboo

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Mar 8 2019 (IPS) – It is time to rise up and fight a long-neglected taboo: menstruation. Marking International Women’s Day, United Nations human rights experts called on the international community to break taboos around menstruation, noting its impacts on women and girls’ human rights. “Persistent harmful socio-cultural norms, stigma, misconceptions and taboos around menstruation, continue ... Read More »

Int’l Women’s Day needs to return to its radical roots

ACCRA/MONTEVIDEO, Mar 5 2019 (IPS) – The theme for International Women’s Day this year doesn’t resonate with us. #BalanceForBetter brings to mind slow gradual change, and assumes that if you provide women and girls with equal access then the society will automatically be better. We know that’s false. Access to a broken capitalist system that privileges the richest 1% over the rest of the ... Read More »

The future women want: Free of violence

KAMPALA, Mar 6 2019 (IPS) – Bakera excelled in school. As a girl who grew up in a rural, poor community, she had, against all odds, realized her education goals and was elated to go to the capital city, Kampala where she would now work. She had studied Statistics – a field where women were few. She knew many girls and ... Read More »

Women still struggle globally to find jobs: ILO

Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Women’s job opportunities have barely improved globally since the early 1990s, UN labour experts said on Thursday, warning that female workers are still penalised for having children and looking after them. Released on the eve of International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report found that 1.3 billion women were ... Read More »

New mothers suffer nerves, guilt as maternity leave ends

Many new mothers worldwide express anxiety and guilt about leaving their babies to return to work, and some worry their nations’ maternity policies reflect societies that value productivity over raising children. In a series of interviews for Reuters ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, mothers from the United States to Uruguay to South Africa to Singapore told of ... Read More »

UN accused of failing to move strongly against sexual abuse

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations, which prides itself with a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, has come under relentless fire for failing to match its words with deeds—specifically in relation to some of the high-profile cases that have jolted the Organization. There have been several cases where no action has been taken either ... Read More »

Survivors protest sexual, gender violence in India

NEW DELHI, Feb 26 2019 (IPS) – In an historic first, thousands of people participated in a 10,000-kilometre long Dignity March across India to raise awareness about sexual violence, bring an end to stigma faced by survivors, and highlight the barriers women and children face in accessing justice. Covering 200 districts in 24 states, the March began in Mumbai on December 20 and ... Read More »

Shamima not a Bd citizen; no entry for her: Dhaka

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – The government of Bangladesh on Wednesday made it clear that radicalized IS teenager and British citizen Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there is no question to allow her to enter Bangladesh. “She (Shamima) never visited Bangladesh in the past despite her parental lineage. So, there’s no question of her being allowed to ... Read More »

Sexual violence surging in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – Women and girls continue to face the brunt of violence in the northern region of South Sudan with persistently high and brutal levels of sexual violence, a new report found. Despite the signing of a peace deal nearly five months ago, United Nations investigators have found an “endemic” rise in cases of sexual violence in South Sudan’s Unity ... Read More »

The hidden drama of domestic workers: Roma the movie

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 18 2019 (IPS) – Roma, a 2018 Mexican film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, is currently on a triumphal journey through the world. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the best director and best foreign language film at the Golden Globe Awards, best director and best picture at the Critics´ Choice Awards, best film, best direction and best ... Read More »

Two under-5 Bd children die of Pneumonia every hour: Report

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The burden of Pneumonia in Bangladesh is one of the leading killers of children under 5 years of age as the deadly disease took the lives of over 16,960 under-five children in 2016, which is close to two deaths every hour. Although the overall child death (under 5) rate has declined steeply over the last ... Read More »

Painful story of a Serbian dancer in Bahrain

[email protected] via Foreign circus artist, who claims she is a victim of unpaid wages, has been left homeless after being thrown out of her apartment in Tubli, Bahrain, on Sunday night, it has emerged. Serbian dancer and choreographer Aleksandra Bjelajac also claimed she is suffering from ailment due to poor living conditions. The 41-year-old is also reportedly “illegal” and ... Read More »

Bringing #MeToo to the Fashion Industry

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 2019 (IPS) – The global #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and violence in various industries including the film and music industries. Is it now time for the fashion industry to address these issues within their supply chains, one organisation says. Coinciding with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on Due Diligence in ... Read More »

Dismantling sexual health stigma in India

NEW DELHI, Feb 15 2019 (IPS) – Results from a survey with young and unmarried women suggest that as low as 1% of women have received information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) from their mothers, doctors or government campaigns. And 53% of these women feel unsure if the sexual health problems they faced were severe enough to visit ... Read More »

Bd regulators block 1279 more pornographic websites

Dhaka, Feb 14 – The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday blocked 1,279 more pornographic websites in the country to all International Internet Gateway (IIG). Confirming the matter an official of an IIG said the BTRC ordered to block pornographic websites and implement of the directive instantly. Earlier on February 6, the BTRC also blocked 244 pornography websites to ... Read More »

Shafat’s bail cancelled in Banani rape case

Dhaka, Feb 13 – The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 of Dhaka on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Shafat Ahmed, prime accused in the sensational Banani double rape case. Judge Khademul Kayes of tribunal passed the order after Chief Public Prosecutor of Dhaka Metropolitan Session’s Judge Court, M Abdullah Abu submitted a petition seeking cancellation of the bail. The ... Read More »