- March 18, 2018
Is it really working for women’s empowerment?
Encountering news about domestic violence against women has become a regular phenomenon for people in this country. We have become desensitized to cases of physical and sexual violence to such an extent, that the news of a woman filing a case against her husband for verbal abuse may sound eccentric to many.
“What does she do?”
“Nothing – she’s a housewife.”
This is a response that is all too common in Bangladeshi households. But do women who stay at home really do nothing?
An individual’s right to equality and freedom from all forms of discrimination lies in the heart of our Constitutional rights guaranteed by the State for every citizen of this country. The State is further bound by international obligations to protect those rights. Bangladesh is a party to eight core fundamental human rights treaties that includes the key international treaty dedicated to upholding equality rights for women – the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Being a State party to CEDAW, the State has an overall responsibility to protect the basic human rights of all women in Bangladesh by eradicating all kinds of discrimination against them and ensuring their equality in all spheres of their public and private life.
The importance of words cannot be overstated, and are reflective of and related to social and political realities. The world today is racked by issues such as ‘hate’ speech, or in accusations of fake news. In this ‘post-fact’ world, it seems that words are all. The seriousness of verbal inflections has always been understood by feminist thinkers and activists, as we have time and again had to deal with the ways that women are brought into discussion, and how words ultimately define and have real time effects on women’s social positioning, and how closely that is related to her sexual positioning.
How a group of women in a remote village in Thailand stood up to corporate environmental degradation
The gendered vulnerability to climate change in Bangladesh
The culture of impunity in our country has kept women marginalised for long. Ever since its independence, Bangladesh has experienced massive growth, with women in the forefront, but only by tackling countless obstacles in their personal lives. It’s like climbing the ladder of growth with shackles on – the colonial mindset and patriarchial societal norms have used women as a tool to achieve development, but have never considered them as equal partners.
For four long years (1996-2000), writer Shaheen Akhtar continued to meet and interview birangana and sculptor Ferdousi Priyobhashini. These are a few of the excerpts from her story, in memory of the brave soul who spent a lifetime of struggle but refused to give up the fight for her rights
Sultana’s story is only one in a million in Bangladesh. According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, more than 20 lakh are employed in domestic work, where 80 percent are women, and almost 70 percent are employed in urban areas.
Most female domestic workers tend to have migrated from rural to urban areas for different reasons, and tend to be stuck in precarious, low paid jobs. Many domestic workers are merely children and earn even less than adults, and can often be subject to violence and abuse.
A brief look into the language of radio and mass media
Baizid Haque Joarder talks to Bangla Academy’s Director-General Shamsuzzaman Khan about the evolution of the Bangla language and where it stands now
We only wait for this month to come around to think – why don’t we read, write and speak in our mother tongue!
Writer Sharbari Z Ahmed reflects on growing up in a non-Bangla speaking world and learning to love her mother tongue
American researcher Keith Cantu describes his love affair with the Bangla language
Nabeel Al Jahan’s book looks into the depiction of language movement in feature films
The story behind the Barak valley movement
Pakistani writer Mushtaq Soofi writes of his native language of Punjab, and the colonial roots of the current crisis of Punjabi
How the system fails to recognize linguistic diversity in Bangladesh
Our history making and our history writing has not always belonged to the same group