Human rights

June 29, 2020

COVID-19 will change many women’s lives forever in Bangladesh

As countries globally struggle to cope with COVID-19, we are bombarded with news about flailing healthcare, shrinking economies, and diverse measures to contain the virus. What is rarely making it to the news, however, are the various and complex ways that 2020 is changing women’s lives.
May 27, 2020

Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise: The double challenge of accessing justice during a pandemic

Access to justice has long been a challenge in Bangladesh, particularly for women facing violence. Violence is always heavily under reported, but with lockdown due to COVID-19 women are even more restricted in terms of escaping, reporting and accessing support in cases of violence. Meanwhile, BRAC’s data shows violence against women has increased alarmingly compared to the same period last year. Virtual courts offer new hope in transparency, efficiency and speed.
April 24, 2020

Hope for a renewed fashion industry as we remember Rana Plaza during COVID-19

Seven years on from Rana Plaza, Bangladesh's garment sector faces unprecedented challenges that will fiercely test its resilience. Can COVID-19 serve as a catalyst for a more responsible fashion industry?
March 4, 2020

Untouchables and the other: Is there any hope for those living in the margins?

Leaving an entire community behind, slows down the development of a whole nation. We claim equal rights through our constitution - but is it enough?
December 17, 2019

Of painful homecomings: What’s behind an unsuccessful migration?

“May I get some water?” These were the first words the man uttered. He let out a few sobs as he stepped out of terminal two of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
December 10, 2019

Will we see the end of sexual harassment?

Bangladesh has achieved tremendous success in women’s empowerment in the last decade. But the prevalence of sexual harassment in public places is still high.
December 5, 2019

A person you know is raped. Do you know what to do?

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December 5, 2019

End gender-based violence: Integrated approaches from around the world

The problem of gender-based violence cannot be solved overnight, but it can be resolved, eventually. Meaningful collaborations around the world are playing strong roles in their communities to see a more equitable world
November 7, 2019

The young Sylheti dream team on the radio

More than 70% of people worldwide have access to a radio - making it one of the easiest and reliable channels of communicating news, information, and entertainment.
September 22, 2019

People for peace: Lessons from Bangladesh

This #InternationalDayofPeace, we explore the lessons we have learnt in Bangladesh from piloting social cohesion initiatives where everyone is an ambassador of peace.
September 22, 2019

When invisibility stops being a superpower

What are your first thoughts when you hear “public toilet”? Dirty, smelly might be some of the words that come to mind. However, inaccessibility is a feature that we are less likely to think of. For people living with disability, this might be the only feature without which they cannot access something as basic as a public toilet.
September 8, 2019

Eyes wide shut: Why inclusive digital spaces matter

At this year’s BRAC Frugal Innovation Forum, I had the opportunity to meet Mr Vashkar Bhattacharjee, National Consultant for Accessibility at a2i. Vashkar da sat right next to me at dinner and what happened right after was something that I will cherish forever.