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Girls outshine boys in HSC examinations

Dhaka, July 17 – The girls are outshining the boys in pass rates in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations over the last several years which are good but lower pass rate of the boys should not be a good sign, experts said on Wednesday. Read More »

Let’s talk about sex – and why power matters

By Dr Natalia Kanem UN, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) – Every year on World Population Day (July 11), UNFPA receives queries from journalists about the total number of people around the world. Numbers are indeed important because they help governments develop policies that respond to evolving needs for services such as education and health. Read More »

The sex scandal at the heart of the Afghan government

By Yogita LimayeBBC News, Kabul Afghanistan has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment at the highest levels of government. Officials deny wrongdoing but a BBC investigation has heard from women who describe a culture of abuse. In a house near the foot of the dusty mountains that surround Kabul, I meet a former government employee. She asks to remain ... Read More »

E-com rules promoted in name of women’s economic empowerment

Geneva, Jul (Kinda Mohamadieh) – Women in digital trade was the subject of a workshop convened at the World Trade Organization on 1 July. The day-long workshop was co-convened by the European Union, Trinidad and Tobago and Senegal, the fifth since the release of the Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos ... Read More »

Women’s rights are key in slowing down population

By Sivananthi Thanenthiran UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2019 (IPS) – The increase in world population by 2 billion in the next 30 years will present a serious global challenge especially if we do not find new paradigms of development thought and renewed global political leadership. Our region, the Asia and the Pacific region is already home to 60 per cent ... Read More »

Put gender violence survivors in front and centre

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Jun 20 2019 (IPS) – Sexual violence is still all too common and continues to threaten peace and security worldwide. How can we do better? Put survivors at the centre. Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Jun. 19, United Nations officials as well as government and civil society representatives ... Read More »

Sexual assaults in BD take horrific turn: Two held

Dhaka, June 15 – Two minor girls have reportedly been raped in Netrakona and Comilla while a bus driver and his helper arrested in Manikganj for ‘rape attempt’ on a woman in their moving vehicle. Besides, a youth has been held in Feni for ‘repeatedly raping’ a schoolgirl and a man in Sirajganj over ‘rape attempt’ on a minor girl. ... Read More »

A call for concrete changes to achieve more gender equal world

By Princess Sarah Zeid Amman, May 29 2019 (IPS) – On the eve of the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver June 3-6, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan interviewed Dr. Olfat Mahmoud, a Palestinian refugee and women’s rights advocate. Princess Sarah spoke with Dr. Olfat about what the humanitarian system would look like if organizations like hers could help shape it, ... Read More »

‘Gendering’ the EU budget

by Firat Cengiz There is a clear case for making gender equality a more visible part of the EU budgetary process. Budgets are not gender-neutral. Women and men have different needs and expectations from public services. These needs and expectations also differ among individuals due to other intersecting qualities, such as ethnicity, social and economic class, refugee and migration status, ... Read More »

Bangladesh School teacher arrested for impregnating student

Gazipur, May 21 (UNB)– A school teacher has been arrested for impregnating a seventh grader in Salna area of the city corporation. The victim’s family filed a case at Sadar Police Station on May 20 against the teacher, Sohel Rana Sarkar. He raped the girl on October 12 last year, according to the case statement, and threatened to kill her ... Read More »

Police constable rapes girl, 16 hurls her through ventilator

Madaripur, May 20 (UNB)- A 54-year-old police constable in Sadar upazila was withdrawn on Monday for throwing a teenage girl out of his house through the ventilator after raping her. Muktar Hossain, 54, was working as a constable at Madaripur.   Kamrul Hossain, officer-in-charge of Madaripur Sadar Police Station, said the constable has been residing with his wife in rented ... Read More »

Mymensingh medical students protest sexual harassment

Mymensingh, May 18 (UNB) – Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) students protested for a third consecutive day on Saturday against the alleged sexual harassment of a female student by a rickshaw puller on the campus. They gathered in front of the academic building shouting slogans in the morning. They locked the building’s main entrance in the afternoon and vowed to continue ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Gender violence eradication is vital to state security

By Richard Barathe Panama City, Panama, Dec 6 2018 (IPS) – María is a 35-year old Salvadoran woman with three young children. Growing up, María knew her mother but never met her father. When María was six, she started working at the Central Market of San Salvador and at the age of 12 she was raped and became pregnant for ... Read More »

Gender and the Arab City

By Lina Abirafeh BEIRUT – One of the top priorities for the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” City leaders can take a simple step that would go long a way toward achieving this goal: putting the needs of women and girls at the centre of the urban planning process. Read More »

Unaddressed domestic violence puts women at risk in Russia

Philippa H Stewart, Senior Media Officer Domestic violence was already pervasive in Russia. Then in February 2017, parliament decriminalized first instances of battery among family members. Some took this as confirmation that beating their wives is acceptable. Yulia Gorbunova spoke to Philippa H Stewart about her new report “I Could Kill You and No One Would Stop Me” and how the ... Read More »

Protesters stop females ages 10 to 50 from entering temple

New Delhi, Oct 18 (AP/UNB) — A temple in southern India and one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage centres opened its doors to females of menstruating age on Wednesday to comply with a Supreme Court ruling, but women weren’t able to enter as hundreds of protesters fought street battles with police to keep them out. Read More »

Malala tweets to help her fight for girls’ education

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani campaigner who survived being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, has joined Twitter with a call for people to help her fight for girls’ education. The 19-year-old sent her first tweets the same day she finished school, which she said was a “bittersweet” moment. She said her thoughts turned to the millions of girls who ... Read More »

‘Refugees, British men need lessons in how to treat women’

Male refugees starting a new life in the UK should be taught about women’s equality as part of a wider campaign aimed at all men in Britain, a Labour MP has suggested. All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees chair Thangam Debbonaire said newly arrived migrants need a “sensitive” introduction to British culture. Debbonaire suggested the lessons could be similar to the ... Read More »