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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 list.jca.apc.org 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 »

2 MPs want probe why pregnant UNO made OSD

Dhaka, Feb 11 – Two ruling party MPs on Monday demanded departmental probe into why Sadar Upazila Nirhabi Officer (UNO) of Narayanganj Hosne Ara Begum Bina has been made an officer on special duty (OSD) during her pregnancy for unknown reasons. Taking floor on the point of order, former State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki raised ... Read More »

AL names 43 candidates for women’s reserved seats

Dhaka, Feb 11 – The ruling Awami League has submitted the list of its 43 candidates names to contest the election for 50 seats exclusively reserved for women in the 11th parliament. The polls are scheduled to be held on March 4. AL-delegation led by the party General Secretary Obaidul Quader submitted the list of the nominees to the returning ... Read More »

5-year-old girl ‘gang-raped’ by teenagers in Panchagarh

Panchagarh, Feb 11 (UNB) – A 13-year-old boy was detained on Monday following the alleged gang rape of a five-year-old girl in Hakimpur Jendapara village in Debiganj Upazila. The accused is a resident of Jendapara village. Debiganj Police Station’s in-charge Robiul Hasan said they detained the boy from the village in the afternoon. Family members of the victim said two ... Read More »

Life tax exemption for women with 4 or more kids in Hungary

Hungary, Feb 11 (AP/UNB) — Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country’s prime minister said Sunday. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his “state of the nation” speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary’s population decline. The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption ... Read More »

Speech-impaired girl ‘raped’ in Satkhira

Satkhira, Feb 10 (UNB) – A speech-impaired girl was reportedly raped by the driver of Shyamnagar Upazila Nirbahi officer in the government quarter premises in upazila headquarters on Saturday. Police arrested driver Abdul Gaffar, 57, son of Gahar Gain of Badoghata village, after the victim’s mother filed a rape case with Shyamnagar Police Station. The victim, a student of Shyamnagar ... Read More »

Empowered women driving Bd’s dev journey: Envoy to Holland

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal has said women in Bangladesh are driving its development journey in a bigger way as Bangladesh’s economic transformation is driven, in large part, by social changes, starting with the empowerment of women. Ambassador Belal made the remarks while speaking in a high-level seminar at the International Criminal ... Read More »

Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

San Francisco, Feb 8 (AP/UNB) — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected ... Read More »

‘What hell feels like’ – Acid violence in Cambodia

Sitting on a thin mattress on the floor of their home in a Phnom Penh slum, 3-year-old Molita delicately touches the scars that cover her mother’s back. In November 2014, when Molita was an infant, the owners of a neighbouring market stall attacked her mother, Moung Sreymom, with highly concentrated acid. They doused nearly half her body, leaving penetrating burns ... Read More »

Female ASI ‘commits suicide’ in Bogra

Bogra, Feb 06 – A female assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Dhunat Police Station reportedly poisoned herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Rozina Khatun (30), assistant sub-inspector of Dhunat Police Station and daughter of Nannu Mia from Bahadurpur village of Singra upazila and wife of Hasan Ali of the same village. Victim’s father Nannu Mia claimed ... Read More »

Madrasah teacher arrested for alleged rape of student

Dhaka, Feb 7 – The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a Madrasa teacher for allegedly raping his student from Bancharampur of Brahmanbaria District on early on Thursday. The arrestee was Abdullah Al Mamun, a teacher of Tarimul Quarn Mohila Madrasa of Ashulia area, said Sarwar Bin Kashem, Commander of RAB-1 at a press briefing on yesterday. RAB said on January ... Read More »

Truly global efforts must to abolish female genital mutation

NEW DELHI, Feb 6 2019 (IPS) – According to official data on the global prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) released by UNICEF there are 200 million women and girls in the world who have been cut. Shocking though this statistic is, it seriously underestimates the nature and scale of the problem. In 2015, when the United Nations was in the process of ... Read More »

Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns

Aboard The Papal Plane, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement. ... Read More »