Women and gender in Bangladesh

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Women Take Grassroots Path to Power
By Dev Raj, InterPress Service, 15 January 1999. 59,000 people (a third of them women) who were elected to some 4,500 Union Parishads (local body) across the country a little more than a year ago. However, ordinary women lead restricted lives in largely Islamic Bangladesh where female literacy remains a low 30 percent.
Women repression on rise in Barisal
A Correspondent, 27 November 1999. Repression on women has increased alarmingly in different areas of Barisal region and its adjacent areas.
Bangladeshi women protest against Islamists
BBC News, Friday 18 December 1998. Thousands of Bangladeshi women have staged a rally in the capital, Dhaka, to protest against Islamic extremists who attacked a women's procession earlier this month.
Rural Women Suffer ‘Fatwa’ Tyranny
By Tabibul Islam, InterPress Service, 28 June 1999. All across this mainly Muslim country these religious upholders of social morality increasingly wield considerable influence among the largely illiterate and poor rural population.
Poverty, male domination blamed for violence against women
The Indepdendent, 12 June 2002. Because of lacunae in the investigation and charge-sheet procedures, 88 per cent of those are violent againts women cannot be brought to book though there are a number of laws in the country for protecting women from violence.
Int'l Women's Day today
Daily Star, Saturday 8 March 2003. President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in separate messages on the eve of the day expressed their firm conviction that the spirit of the International Women's Day would inspire the country's womenfolk to put in their best efforts to establish women's rights.