International Women’s Day

March 7, 2017

Kicking it like a girl

You may have read the news today. A teenager was harassed on her way back from school. A housewife, raped and murdered. Just the other day, you read about the rape of an eight-month-old baby. Do these stories bother you? Or did you fold up the newspaper and sigh in relief thinking, “At least my daughter is safe.”
March 10, 2016

How do we get more women into workplaces?

Women in the workplace make sense. According to the World Economic Forum, companies with a strong track record of gender diversity are 15 per cent more likely to have higher earnings than their peers. The Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women on their boards significantly outperform the others.
March 8, 2016
The skilled girl effect

The skilled girl effect: Worth more than the US and Chinese economies put together

An hour away in the rural town of Tongi, Mahmuda Akhter, 16, sits in a mobile phone servicing shop in the main market. A stressed looking customer rushes in with his phone. Holding a small screwdriver, Mahmuda pries open the cover of his mobile and diagnoses the problem.
March 8, 2013

Not a moment of silence on International Women’s Day

“What I most regretted were my silences.” – Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

In honor of International Women’s Day, we use the words of Audre Lorde, a self-described black lesbian poet, who spent the better part of her life advocating for female empowerment and equality. Through solidarity and individual self-awareness, Lorde recognized the innate power of women in overcoming oppression. Her words are the embodiment of empowerment, not only for women but marginalized groups from all walks of life. She firmly believed that “it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.”

March 9, 2012
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Rural women miss out on education — and decent jobs

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Pauline Rose, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, in the World Education Blog.
March 8, 2012

In Bangladesh, the end of early marriage and sexual harassment is possible in one generation

Girls of today are the future for tomorrow. Positive change for development will only be possible if we can empower girls by providing enough skills, education and security as well as by creating a conducive environment. BRAC has long been working for social inclusiveness for deprived people and empowerment of the poor within a broader area.
March 7, 2012

Why Do Girls Drop Out of School? It’s All About What Happens in the Girls’ Room

It's heartening to see philanthropists like Bill Gates and celebrities like Matt Damon raising awareness of the fact that more people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, let's not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation.
March 5, 2012
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Celebrate International Women’s Day with BRAC USA

Come celebrate International Women's Day with us on Thursday, March 8! Join Susan Davis and BRAC USA for a breakfast discussion of girls' and women's empowerment initiatives at the Asia Society moderated by David Bornstein of The New York Times.
March 31, 2011

BRAC Uganda Celebrates International Women’s Day

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 9, 2011, BRAC Uganda asked it's staff and program participants to think about the meaning of International Women's Day. Specifically, the initiative aimed to create awareness and explore widely held perceptions of International Women's Day. Broadly, the initiative sought to bolster BRAC's commitment to establish a gender sensitive working environment.
March 17, 2011

BRAC Girls Clubs in Tanzania celebrate International Women’s Day

On March 8th, women and men across the world celebrated International Women’s Day with marches of solidarity in support of women and girls. BRAC Tanzania staff and girls’ clubs joined the global celebration with a rally, a discussion of women’s issues, and a culture festival. BRAC Tanzania’s participation recognizes of the achievements of the girls in the Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) program.
March 14, 2011
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Celebrating International Women’s Day

On Tuesday, March 8, the BRAC USA team joined thousands of people in a march across the Brooklyn Bridge as a part of the global "Join us on the bridge" solidarity campaign on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, co-sponsored by Google and Women for Women International drew an energetic crowd of women and men alike. The BRAC USA magenta t-shirts also drew a great deal of attention. The beautiful weather and the shining smiles of attendees made the day a truly special occasion.
March 8, 2011

BRAC celebrates International Women’s Day with launch of Courage in the Heart

BRAC joins the 100th anniversary celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011 with the launch of Courage in the Heart.