International Widows’ Day: Older women in Bangladesh

International Widows’ Day: Older women in Bangladesh

Shegufta Sharmin – Help Age International – Wednesday, 25 June 2014 (originally published 24 Jun) Today, International Widows’ Day is observed to address the poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children around the world.  When I think of the hardships that widows, in particular older widows face, I am instantly reminded of a […]

Stark images of Bangladesh dowry death reveal severe injustice

Stark images of Bangladesh dowry death reveal severe injustice

Lys Anzia with photojournalist Turjoy Chowdhury – WNN Features (WNN) Dhaka, BANGLADESH, SOUTHERN ASIA: The custom of paying a dowry to a groom in Bangladesh is not a new one. But increasing deaths connected to rising financial pressure from a groom’s dowry on a new bride, and her family, can place a women in danger […]

BANGLADESH: ILO sends letter to 500 factories to insure building safety for garment workers

BANGLADESH: ILO sends letter to 500 factories to insure building safety for garment workers

Robert Carmichael with Daniel Schearf – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Earlier this month two Cambodian garment workers died and more than 30 were injured when sections of two factories collapsed. The accidents came amid increased scrutiny of the global garment industry following the building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 […]

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Miranda Morgan – WNN Earth Watch – Bangladesh (WNN/WF) Dhaka, BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA: I had just arrived at our training venue in Dhaka and watched as the manager stood at the top of the stairs, violently screaming orders at the woman rushing around to help me.  When I expressed my distaste for his behavior, especially […]

Recipe for [global women] empowerment

Recipe for [global women] empowerment

Deccan Chronicle – Tuesday, 12 March 2013 (originally published 07 Mar) One Billion Rising, a global act of women protesting vio­lence, was observed this year on February 14. Women all around the world got together to hold events, from India to Afghanistan to the United States and South Africa. The intent of the effort — […]

Life-saving tips on disaster preparedness help women of Bangladesh

Life-saving tips on disaster preparedness help women of Bangladesh

Katie Nguyen – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) OPINION Bangladesh: When Cyclone Sidr battered Bangladesh in 2007 hundreds of women and children died. Not because they didn’t know there was a big storm coming, but simply because the men weren’t home to give them permission to leave the house and seek safety elsewhere. Paralysed by the shame of […]

BANGLADESH: Bureaucratic hitch leaves women farmers high and dry

BANGLADESH: Bureaucratic hitch leaves women farmers high and dry

IRIN – Tuesday, 04 October 2011 (originally published 30 Sept)  DHAKA, 30 September 2011 (IRIN) – A significant number of women farmers in Bangladesh are unable to access fertilizer, cash assistance and other government subsidies intended for farmers, because the land they work is registered in their husband’s name, according to government officials, NGOs and […]

Bangladesh demo over women’s rights turns violent

Bangladesh demo over women’s rights turns violent

Shafiq Alam – The Express Tribune – Monday, 4 April, 2011 DHAKA — Dozens of people were injured and more than 100 arrested Monday as Bangladeshi police clashed with protesters during a strike by Islamic parties against a proposed law to give women equal property rights. Violence broke out in at least four places, with […]