Fighting Feminists

For a country which has voted in a female prime minister for the fourth time running, one would think women’s rights in Bangladesh would be at the top of the agenda.

Yet many women in the country still face discrimination, suffering from repression in a society under the rule of a powerful female.

A project designed to answer some of the questions this raises is being sponsored by the Pulitzer Center. An interesting read if you have time.

The project has delved into the reasons why women are still struggling to find respect and earn a decent wage in remote villages in Bangladesh. Whilst they make up approximately 90% of the workforce in agriculture, there is no minimum wage, access to health care or legal support for these women.

This paradoxical existence exposes the superficiality of some political power, and reveals (as is too often the case) that there is no such thing as the ‘trickle-down effect’, leaving the poor vulnerable and open to exploitation. This abuse of their basic human rights often just goes unnoticed.

I’m glad someone is dedicated to highlighting their plight.

Read Stine Eckert’s Blog: http://pulitzercenter.typepad.com/pulitzer_student_fellows/stine-eckert-womens-unpower-in-bangladesh/

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Published in: on October 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

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