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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.