Afghanistan is now under the reins of the Taliban. No, they have not come to power through the ballot box, rather they have accomplished it by implementing the famous saying of Mao Zedong: “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Afghanistan is now a Shariah-based Islamic state.
Addressing the human development challenges of Bangladesh—whether lingering, deepening or emerging challenges—require both policy options and institutional reforms. An objective assessment and recognition of problems, strong political will and an honest implementation of strategies are preconditions for the success of policies and strategies.
This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future for Covid-19 World”. When the United Nations chose this theme, the idea was to celebrate and recognise women’s leadership in confronting and tackling the challenges of Covid-19, both inside and outside the household.
So far, the focus of the Covid-19, commonly known as coronavirus, in every country has rightly been on health issues— expanding testing, tracing the infected, how to deal with infection, and combatting deaths. Issues of disaggregated profiling of its various aspects including the diverse socio-economic impacts were put on the back burner.