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Women’s Rights in Bangladesh have flourished since independence 🇧🇩

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Even after 50 years since Pakistan and Bangladesh separated in 1971, the two nations are diametrically opposed in terms of the status of women. While Islamabad has witnessed a decline over the years, in Bangladesh, women’s rights have grown by all measures. Fabien Baussart for Modern Diplomacy writes that women in Pakistan have been severely disadvantaged and discriminated against. They have been denied a whole range of economic, social and political rights. Much of the Pakistani society still lives under the patriarchal, outdated code of so-called ‘honour’ that systemises the oppression of women. While Pakistan has seen a decline in the status of women, Bangladesh has seen remarkable progress. The improvement is in the lives of females, decline of fertility and maternal mortality rates and greater gender parity in school enrollment. Furthermore, female participation in Bangladesh’s workforce is on the …

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Madiba, Tutu, Bangabandhu and Modi: the South African connection to Bangladesh’s special 50th anniversary

Bangabandhu Bangladesh

Bangladesh has said it is an honour for the country and its people as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (known affectionately as Bangabandhu) has been conferred with Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 posthumously, as announced by PM Narendra Modi. This puts him in the same company as Madiba and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. On Monday, India announced that Bangladesh’s father of the nation has been nominated for the Gandhi Peace Prize. In a statement on Monday, the Bangladesh government said that the award is a befitting tribute to the ever-deepening Bangladesh-India relations. “The award is also a befitting tribute to the ever-deepening Bangladesh-India relations in a year when both countries are jointly celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence,” the statement read. The Bangladesh government said that the honour assumes special significance on the 50th year of Bangladesh’s independence when the country is on …

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Bangladesh at 50: A nation created in violence and still bearing scars of a troubled birth

Bangladesh Independence day

Bangladesh at 50 Bangladeshi children at the Independence Day celebrations in Dhaka in 2012. AP Photo/Pavel Rahman Tazreena Sajjad, American University School of International Service March 26 marks 50 years since the start of Bangladesh’s liberation war, a bloody nine-month campaign that culminated in the nation’s independence on Dec. 16, 1971. It was a violent birth, with some of its roots in the 1947 partition of India – when Pakistan was created as a separate nation. As the British Empire left the subcontinent, an estimated 200,000 to 1.5 million people were killed in sectarian violence associated with the partition and 10 million to 15 million were forcibly displaced. Newly independent Pakistan comprised two separate geographical areas separated by over a thousand miles of Indian terrain. While both regions included significant Muslim populations, West Pakistan was made up largely of Punjabi, …

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