Budget needs to address gender-based violence

The ‘Budget Framework Analysis on Challenging Fear of Violence 2022’ aims to analyse the country context, policies, and budgets of the fiscal year against gender-based violence and the associated sense of fear. In addition, this report also aims to help policymakers set priorities, evaluate implemented services, and accelerate progress in ensuring the rights and well-being […]

Moral policing: A zombie virus

On May 19, 2022, a girl and her two male companions were at Narsingdi Railway Station at 5 a.m. A video that has gone viral on social media depicts a mob turning on the girl for her “indecent” clothing—a pair of jeans and a sleeveless top. The loudest voice (most likely belonging to the person […]

Concerns at cops’ rowdiness after constable harasses woman again

According to activists, these are not some isolated incidents . Civil society members, human rights activists and senior officials of Bangladesh Police expressed concern over the recent incidents of coarse and unprofessional behavior by policemen. Two members of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) Gulshan division have been suspended for allegedly harassing and physically assaulting a social […]

242 committed suicide in 2021 with violence against girl children rising.

Girl children committing suicide more than doubled in 2021 compared to the year before. Different types of abuse of girl children including rape, murder, and sexual harassment rose in 2021. Some 242 girl children also committed suicide in 2021 while in 2020 the number was 104. As such, girl children committing suicide increased 133% in […]

Over 3,700 incidents of violence against women reported in 2021

Nearly 1,250 females, including minors, were raped in year, says rights body Bangladesh Mohila Parishad   A total of 3,703 women and girls were subjected to different forms of violence including rape and murder in 2021, according to a report by rights body Bangladesh Mohila Parishad. Some 1,235 females were raped in the last year. […]

Empowering women cannot be mere lip service

It is imperative that the glass ceiling holding back women be shattered judiciously. Despite all the progress we have made as an economy, it is indubitable that the experiences of women in Bangladesh still leaves much to be desired. From systemic limitations that hold back women from progressing upwards to our society’s pervasive patriarchal persuasion, […]

Harassment-free workplace for women

Workers have been the main asset in Bangladesh’s socioeconomic advancement over the years. The country had achieved the millennium development goals (MDGs-2015) and is moving fast towards attaining sustainable development goals (SDGs-2030) due to the huge contributions made by this precious asset. However, although Bangladesh is now on the verge of becoming a developing nation […]

Bangladesh violence shows body counts go on increasing, but scenarios stay the same

The recent violence in Bangladesh was the result of rumour and suspicion. Both found wings in social media. There are no greys, no doubts in a mannequin world of white and dark, Hindu and Muslim. There is something about death and violence today that is horribly repetitive. The body counts increase but the scenarios remain […]

Pivotal Moment to Stop Violence Against Women

Women and girls in Bangladesh are facing increased domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting long-term systemic barriers to legal recourse, protection, and social services, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This crisis comes as Bangladesh enters the final phase of its national plan to build “a society without violence against women and children by 2025.” In spite of this goal, Bangladeshi women […]