International Women's Day 2018

International Women's Day 2018

How do you calculate a woman's worth?

It's hard to tell how old Minara Begum is - she could pass off as a 19-year-old although she is probably in her mid twenties. If you ask she will give you an embarassed smile revealing the dimples on her pretty face as she remarks - 'I can't tell - maybe 16 or 17'. She lost her parents as a child and was brought up by relatives. Her brother married her off to a rickshaw puller who goes to work when he feels like it - the rest of the time he just stays at home. Meena of course does not have such luxury - she must work as a house maid every single day - except when she or one of the children is sick. She has two little children, rent to pay for a small shack in a slum and for daily groceries she has to buy on her way home.

Celebrating the unsung women nation-builders

“If there is a will, there is a way.” Arifa Akhter is living her life by this principle. Despite lackingthe ability to utilize

It's time to value women's unpaid work

The socio-economic conditions of women in Bangladesh have improved significantly over the years. Progress is

Women's participation in the job market

Women's participation in the labour force has increased manifolds over time in Bangladesh. Compared to 4 percent

Women entrepreneurs kept away from loans

Women entrepreneurs are still lagging behind in access to SME (small and medium enterprise) financing due to