Nilima Jahan

Nilima Jahan is a Staff Reporter at The Daily Star, who is passionate about working on human rights, particularly women and child rights issues. When she is not writing, she spends most of her time thinking about her baby (who is currently inside her womb), ordering and eating her favourite spicy dishes, travelling, and scrolling on her phone. She can be contacted at nilima.jahan@thedailystar.net.

January 14, 2022
January 14, 2022

The long, winding road to remedy for spousal violence

While covering a discussion on domestic violence last year, like many others in the audience, I was deeply touched by Rahela’s story of helplessness.

January 10, 2022
January 10, 2022

Gender Sensitivity: Judiciary not trained enough

Rights activists have long been demanding effective gender sensitivity training for judges and lawyers dealing with cases of sexual violence so the victims, especially rape survivors, are treated with gender responsiveness and sensitivity throughout the legal process.

January 6, 2022
January 6, 2022

Over half of Bangladeshi children under 5 don’t have birth registration

Fahima Begum, a 40-year-old domestic worker from Mirpur’s Kazipara area, was desperately running to print and photocopy shops in her area over two days in order to apply for the birth certificate of her five-year-old daughter Sathi.

January 2, 2022
January 2, 2022

‘Anchal’ saving lives

In low and middle-income countries, many children die every year by drowning, usually when the parents are occupied with household chores or wage-earning activities.

December 28, 2021
December 28, 2021

Rise in child abuse: Long way to achieve SDG goals

Nine-year-old Jeba (not her real name) has been having a very difficult time with excessive genital bleeding and pain, which has limited her ability to walk.

December 10, 2021
December 10, 2021

Violence against young women and girls with disabilities: An everyday affair

Worldwide, young women and girls with disabilities face up to 10 times more violence than women and girls without disabilities, and Bangladesh is no exception.

December 4, 2021
December 4, 2021

An undernourished nutrition budget

Twenty-five-year-old Rima Rani Paul is currently in her eight month of pregnancy. When she visited the doctor recently, she was recommended a balanced diet, rich in nutrient-dense foods, as the fetus was not growing as expected.

October 15, 2021
October 15, 2021

Global Handwashing Day: Hand hygiene for all a far-off goal

Mohammad Harun, a sales executive at a ceramic store, was pleasantly surprised to see a handwashing station at the entrance to his office this July.

October 11, 2021
October 11, 2021

Child Rape Survivors with Disabilities: The never-ending road to justice

“It makes me so angry when I see the man who raped my 13-year-old daughter with disabilities proudly roaming around the neighborhood, saying, ‘What’s so wrong with raping a retard? She’s a reject any way!’” lamented a frustrated Mujtoba Ali*, a construction worker in Bogura.

September 30, 2021
September 30, 2021

813 girls raped in last 8 months

Even though rape laws were amended last year to allow for the death penalty, a total of 813 girl children were subjected to rape, of whom 110 were subjected to gang rape in the first eight months of this year, revealed a report.