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Friday, September 06, 2019
For Rohingya women, refugee elections bring new opportunities – and new problems
Romida Begum sat on a chair in her tent home. Nearby, her older male assistant eyed her with a sideways glance. Romida – 27, a woman, and a refugee – couldn’t help but smirk: for once in her life, she was in charge. Last June, Romida and other...
Monday, February 04, 2019
Waseqa Ayesha Khan
Waseqa Ayesha Khan is Member of Parliament of Bangladesh. This interview was conducted in October 2017 in the margins of the IPU Assembly in Geneva.
Monday, January 14, 2019
Are reserved seats in the parliament sufficient for women’s empowerment?
There is broad consensus that women’s increased participation in politics is necessary for both the democratic development of the country, as well as women’s empowerment in Bangladesh. In the recently-held 11th general election, 22 women were...
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Why Bangladeshi politics is man's domain
Two powerful women – Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia – have dominated Bangladeshi politics for decades, but the South Asian country's women are still underrepresented in parliament and are politically marginalized. Nazla Ibtesham, an 18-year-old...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Saber Chowdhury
Saber Chowdhury is a Member of Parliament in Bangladesh and has been the 28th President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, since October 2014. This interview was conducted during the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy -Photo Commons
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Bangladesh’s only female big-city mayor may also be its most effective
Narayanganj, Bangladesh — This Muslim-majority nation may have a female prime minister, but at the local level it remains difficult for women to gain and hold political power. Salina Hayat Ivy knows this better than anybody. As the mayor of this...
Professeur Muhammad Yunus-Photo: Yunus Centre/Nasir Ali Mamun
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Professor Muhammad Yunus - Women at the centre of our economic activity
By Professor Muhammad Yunus Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. From Prof....
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National review, Bangladesh
The period 1995 to 2014 has been a period of economic growth led by increased agricultural production, exports, and remittances from international migration, lowering of dependency on external aid and a growing productive population. It has also...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Country Reviews: Women’s Political Participation in South Asia.”
Governance in all South Asian countries is imbued with a predominantly patriarchal character. This is reflected in the fact that women form a disproportionately small segment of representatives in elected bodies across all levels of governance, and...
Monday, January 06, 2014
17 women elected MPs in 10th JS, Bangladesh
The 10th parliamentary polls see 17 women candidates elected, according to unofficial results of the election. The number is just one less than the historic high of the 2008 election, when 18 women were elected.However, the current figure can still...
Monday, December 30, 2013
Women in South Asia: Looking back at 2013, and ahead to 2014
Swarna Rajagopalan takes a look at the events that shaped women's rights and gender issues in South Asia in the last year, and what changes and developments we might see in the new year. 2013 witnessed a new awareness about sexual and gender-...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hasina 'allowed' to lead polls-time govt
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she has been granted permission by the president to lead the polls-time government. President Hamid has granted her the permission, she said on Wednesday evening during the 19th session of 9th Parliament....
Friday, September 13, 2013
NDI World Affairs Briefing Q&A: Supporting Women's Leadership in Parliament
NDI staff participants: Jacqueline Corcoran (Bangladesh), Lindsay Robinson (Sierra Leone), Natalie Hill (Ukraine), Mark De La Iglesia (Governance). Moderated by Susan Markham, director of Women's Political Participation.  Description:  A capable and...
Friday, September 13, 2013
Prime Minister for equal participation of women in political decision making, Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Friday stressed equal participation of women alongside men in political decision making as this only could help achieve the real development and progress of a nation. “In Bangladesh, we celebrate empowerment of women...
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Women lawmakers advocate women empowerment, Bangladesh
To eliminate gender discrimination, the political parties should ensure 33% of the positions allotted to women in their party hierarchical structure by 2015, and include this in their election manifesto ahead of the 2014 general elections. The call...
Monday, July 29, 2013
Bangladesh: Caucus for women and children’s health mooted
Bangladesh has started a process to set up a ‘parliamentary caucus’ to better coordinate parliament’s actions on reproductive, maternal and child health, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has said. Speaking at the end of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Bangladesh: Ensure one-third seats for women in parliament
Members of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP), a women's rights organisation, yesterday demanded that the government ensure one-third of the parliamentary seats for women through direct elections. They also demanded for the reallocation of electoral...