Shayera Begum defied all odds to become a leader in the male-dominated field of construction in her community. It was a fifteen-year long, treacherours and, oftentimes, lonely journey to the destination. Read more to learn how Shayera banked on her resolve to overcome her circumstances.
Nine out of every ten women in Bangladesh still don’t have access to digital financial services. What are the socio-economic barriers hindering their inclusion and how do we design solutions to bring down the barriers stopping women from making the digital transition?
Digital financial platforms are an enabler for financial inclusion, but approximately 740 million women globally still remain outside of formal or digital financial services. How can the fintech industry better tap into its potential for greater financial inclusion, so that women have the control over their purses?
Social security programmes in Bangladesh date back to the 1970s, but continue to be plagued by errors, including a failure to reach those who need it the most. Today, we must look beyond cash allowances and focus on lowering dependency on such programmes.
85% of employment in Bangladesh is in the informal sector, yet training opportunities in the sector are limited. BRAC’s skills training for advancing resources (STAR) provides a platform for young people to hone their skills, build confidence and take charge of their livelihoods.
Child sexual abuse is a silent epidemic, and statistics show it is only getting worse. What can we do to help our children understand the difference between a good touch and a bad touch? A good start is a 20-minute conversation.
It’s 4am, still half dark outside. Moyna Begum wakes up from the sound of water rushing from the tube well. Her first thought is how long that queue gets every morning. 10 families share one tube well and one hygiene facility. She rushes to the tube well with a bucket, to collect the water she will use for the rest of that day.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) is as good a time as any to acknowledge that access to justice remains a distant dream for most survivors in Bangladesh, and many other parts of the world. While Bangladesh’s progress against certain socio-economic indices has led it to being dubbed as a development miracle, gaps in our justice institutions remain.
80% of the four million workers employed in Bangladesh's garment factories in 2012 were women, mostly coming from marginalised backgrounds. This number has significantly declined over the last decade. Why are women leaving jobs at the factories, and what can be done about it?
With global warming set to intensify in the next decade, climate change adaptation is vital. The new normal must incorporate resilience at the heart of community, infrastructure, planning and policymaking. What would housing look like in the future? Here’s an example from Bangladesh, a country that is already facing the impacts of a warming climate.