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Bulletins Bulletin : Published and Discussed
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2002
From: bd_KonkaBoti
Women in Bangladesh: Jonmoi jekhane ajonmo paap

"When women are guaranteed basic labour rights, whole families and communities benefit. Where women gain the knowledge and power to take their own choices, society is better able to break the chains of poverty" -Delores Crokett; the Director of the women's Bureau; (ECOSOC)

Bangladesh is one of those countries whose economy is characterised by low growth, overpopulation, critical land﷓man ratio, acute joblessness and growing numbers of the absolute poor. Women are half of the population and their situation is worse then man. They live in abject poverty, suffering as poor and again as because of gender disparity. Let us take a closer look at the women’s situation in Bangladesh. Women constitute 42% of total labour force, majority of whom are involved in the agriculture sector (77.4%). However, in Bangladesh women’s involvement in the industrial sector has increased a great deal in recent years. A significant number of women (7.7%) are now employed in this sector. About 60% of the total labour force employed in the ready-made garment industry is women, where they are compelled to work in an inhuman working environment. The average age of the garment workers is 19 years for women and 24 years for men. At the same time, in the private sector companies 3% of' women are employed as managers and administrators and women hold about 5% of government posts.

Multiple forms of discrimination faced by women severely limit their opportunities for leading productive lives. Women are far away from the political and economic opportunities because of the low level of education. 39% of the students who passes SSC (Secondary School Certificate) are girls. One of the main reasons girls drop out from school is early marriage, 48% of girls of age group 15-19 are married. 58% of girls of the same age group give birth of at least one child, which is one of the major reasons for mal nutrition. 50% of women's (of 25-60 age group) Body mass index is lower then the standard Body mass index. Women are common victims of violence, 47% of women ever assaulted by an intimate male partner. The women who are murdered in Bangladesh 50% of them are attributed to marital violence. 70% of women who murdered for domestic violence (in 1998) are from13-18 age group. According to a recent study 11,735 rape cases has been reported in last 5 years (1996-2001). Every year, about 7000 women and children become victims of illegal trafficking.

Women face poverty more acutely than men because of the persistent gender disparities and inequalities of opportunity and treatment. 45% of female-headed household fall below the poverty line, compared to 39% of male-headed households. The average monthly income of a female-headed household is 55% than that of a male-headed household. 45% of women compared to 55% of men in the rural area own a second set of cloths, a pair of shoes or warm clothing.

(Source: Women's Empowerment in Bangladesh: Unspoken Realities; Shirin, M. 2002)

People Discussion
(Sunday, March 17, 2002)

Pap has nothing to do with anything.Poverty and illiteracy is the basic problem.Once women get more financial independence and we have a educated population things will get better.But futile discussion will get us nowhere we need action,now.

(Sunday, March 17, 2002)

Religion is one of the reasons that contributes to poverty and illiteracy in a country like Bangladesh! We need to work with religious bodies to fight against poverty and illiteracy for reasons I have stated before but that does not justify religion automatically! Once we are enlightened, hopefully we will start questioning and stop accepting things as they are!

(Tuesday, March 19, 2002)

Konka di shahosh pacchi na noayto kichu hadish tule ditam....hat nishpish korche, ki kore boloto...tumake khub dekhate iccha korche.....shahosh dile oboshho bb-te tule dite pari

(Tuesday, March 19, 2002)

bushra, ei BB te atleast meyeder kotha bolaar shadhinota aache, jeeboner aar kothaow na thak!!jokhon ja mone aashe (even jodi kauke gali dite chaow!!..eta kebol meyeder belay projojjo! ) ekhane tule dibe. Karo permission er dorkar nei.

ekhane freely kotha bolte bolte, ekdin aamra hoyto kotha bola shikhbe jabo. Nijer odhikar er kotha bolte parbo. nijer opochondo aar pochonder kotha bolte shikhbo. kokhono hasitate korona ekhan ekotha bolte. plz.

(Tuesday, March 19, 2002)

I won’t be as militant as bd_KonkaBoti but you are free to post whatever you want Bushra as long as it’s not meant to hurt someone personally.

(Tuesday, March 19, 2002)

r a nah, personally attack korbo keno ...die dilam hadish gulo...dekha jak ki hoay..

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