Shagufe Hossain

The writer is the founder of Leaping Boundaries and a graduate student at McGill University.

April 19, 2019
April 19, 2019

A personal tribute to Nusrat Jahan Rafi

Mf first visit to a madrasa school for female students was in July 2014. We met in a large rectangular room, with a faint damp stench,

January 19, 2019
January 19, 2019

On Power: A high unaccounted for

Last year, an English daily published a report that the police arrested at least 21,883 suspected drug-peddlers and addicts across the country between May 18 and June 21 as part of the anti-drug drives.

December 9, 2018
December 9, 2018

Shame, guilt, anger—and lives lost

The body of 15-year-old Aritry Adhikary was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room, with the door locked from inside, at her Shantinagar home on Monday.

October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018

Make space for the art of free speech

It is no coincidence that the word “articulate” begins with the word “art”. There is an art to the formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech.

March 17, 2018
March 17, 2018

Crippling Senses

A human being has five senses. Taste, smell, touch, hearing and sight. These senses are essential for survival that is the ultimate goal

January 20, 2018
January 20, 2018

Under an open sky

Last Sunday, the front page of The Daily Star displayed an image of a classroom. In the photograph, a teacher of Chhalia Government Primary School in Sylhet was seen as imparting lessons upon her students on the school playground.

January 6, 2018
January 6, 2018

A teacher's worth

My postgraduate classroom was filled with teachers and social workers. Self-proclaimed idealists. Once, during a highly theoretical discussion, someone made a comment about how we are not all as selfless as we claim.

December 31, 2017
December 31, 2017

When saying “No” to a man is a death sentence

Stalking wasn't considered a crime until fairly recently. The High Court declared stalking of girls and women illegal, and directed the government to consider the offence as sexual harassment in 2011.

December 23, 2017
December 23, 2017

Reclaiming public spaces for women

The front page of The Daily Star published a photo that could be a poster for any women's empowerment campaign. In the picture, 15-year-old Ontora, calls passengers to board a Mirpur-bound BRTC bus, her face a perfect picture of strength and resilience.

December 15, 2017
December 15, 2017

The need to be seen

The fundamental need of a human being, I think, is to feel seen. To connect.