Afia Jahin

Afia Jahin is a member of the editorial team at The Daily Star.

October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021

Tighten your purse strings, save the planet

This is my moment of truth. When last month I got to know that there was a day called World Thrift Day (that is, today), I immediately decided I had to write about it.

October 23, 2021
October 23, 2021

What does it say about our society when a child bride sets herself on fire?

Upon reading the news headline for the incident I am about to discuss, I only felt a momentary, dull pain in my gut or thereabouts. Because while it is a shocking incident that would rob you of...

October 13, 2021
October 13, 2021

All screen and no play?

We are all familiar with the sight by now: everyone in a family—adults, children, parents—sitting together, but each concentrating on their personal device, usually a smartphone or a tablet.

October 5, 2021
October 5, 2021

It’s more than just a haircut

It’s part of human nature to favour symmetry, uniformity, and evenness over something that is uneven or “disorganised.”

October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021

Third in gender, last in line?

Weighed down under the stacks of reports about crowding at vaccination centres, shortage of vaccine doses, and the rocky mass vaccination drives, is the story of how a section of Bangladeshi...

September 21, 2021
September 21, 2021

Are we headed towards another dengue crisis?

Against all odds (read: the non-existent movement restrictions and the maintenance of health safety guidelines almost becoming a practice-as-you-please thing), it seems the rate of Covid-19...

September 9, 2021
September 9, 2021

Who made men owners of the night?

People’s tendency to drag back any individual who attempts to break away from dominant social norms or expectations has existed in all units of society since time immemorial. We just have a term...

July 25, 2021
July 25, 2021

The shunned, invisible cleaners of our city

As a child, my weekday dawns consisted of walking five or so minutes to the spot from where my school bus would pick me up.

July 5, 2021
July 5, 2021

Our disturbing apathy towards domestic worker abuse

There are certain topics which, when in the news, garner a lot of attention and opinions from varying perspectives.

June 12, 2021
June 12, 2021

Prolonged school closures to have repercussions on child protection

The Covid-19 pandemic has undone a lot of progress towards ending child labour, globally. What can Bangladesh do to recover some of that progress?