Women’s Rights

Social Business: Challenges and Opportunities

April 28, 2012 by

In social development, social business has emerged as an important topic. Its impact on enriching and empowering people’s lives has become evident all over the world. To combat the global economic crisis, social business has harnessed the advent of technology and modern science to eradicate poverty, hunger, unemployment and other social problems. Social business has been around for the last three decades in Bangladesh. It has empowered women and reformed many facets of society.

The Straw that Broke the War on Women’s Backs

February 7, 2012 by

Last week, the United States saw the culmination of the GOP War on Planned Parenthood (also known as the War on Women) when the Susan G. Komen foundation, which supports breast health for women of all incomes, defunded and, 48 hours later, refunded Planned Parenthood. Komen had supported Planned Parenthood in delivering breast exams and breast health services to low-income women who would be otherwise unable to afford such care.

Islamic feminism in the Middle East

February 2, 2012 by

As Islamist political groups continue to make gains in Middle East elections, women activists are evaluating their strategy to improve their roles to help form new governments and to strive for equality. The minefield facing Muslim women is whether to embrace a secular or Islamic feminist approach to achieve their goals and to gain a foothold in Arab politics. Observing from the sidelines are women in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain hoping for answers to forge their own feminist path.

Women’s Rights in Israel: Is Iran Closer Then We Think?

January 4, 2012 by

It would probably not be an exaggeration to say that on the international news stage Israel is known predominantly for the Palestinian conflict. The level of violence rarely drops enough for global reports to take interest in other issues in Israeli society. Considering the duration and the complexity of the struggle, the preference ensues almost naturally.

The Internal Debate over Israel’s Identity

December 30, 2011 by

Protests between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis centered in the town of Beit Shemesh, Israel have shed light on a trend line. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, and reported by The Jerusalem Post, the population of Israel, including the occupied territories is 7,836,000 million, of which, 5,901,000 are Jews.

Weaknesses in the Bangladesh legal system deny women equal protections

October 24, 2011 by

A significant number of civil laws promulgated during the British colonial years which are still in force, offer women few legal protections throughout Bangladesh’s legal system. Throughout Bangladesh in the last century, women across all socio-economic fields have made advances. However, despite these advances they still face structural inequalities.

Ten Years Later, Justice Denied

April 30, 2011 by

On April 22nd, 2011 Pakistan’s Supreme Court struck a death knell to the rights of women in a country whose rape rates jumped by double digits last year. In the face of overwhelming evidence, hundreds of witnesses, and even a signed confession, the court, all men, acquitted five out of the six men convicted of the gang rape of a lone woman.