Shadma Malik | The Daily Star
  • Shadma Malik

  • A godsend for working mothers

    Riyas wakes up early every day, eats his breakfast, and then heads to “Phulki” in the capital's Mirpur. Once there, he greets his friends and supervisor, then quickly gets on to business at hand: running in circles, building castles out of blocks, and herding a menagerie of stuffed animals.
  • Poor healthcare plagues RMG units

    Four months into her pregnancy, Tahmina, 35, found herself under constant stress as she tried to meet the production quota in the RMG factory in Tejgaon where she had been working for the last four years.
  • Big bucks out of animal discards

    Forty-year-old Abu Kalam dug into the towering garbage pile in search of bones at the landfill in the capital's Matuail. He seemed unperturbed by the foul smell which had perhaps taken a backseat to the money he could earn by selling discarded animal parts.
  • Attention they deserve some

    It was a moment of pride when Parimal Kumar Das got his autistic son's SSC results this year, but memories of being turned down by other schools flashed through his mind.
  • A step forward for menstrual hygiene

    A step forward for menstrual hygiene

    Mansura Akhter Panna, 30, often recalls her dreadful days of menstruation when she entered puberty.