Women at the center of Economic Activity

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. From Prof. Yunus's personal loan of small amounts of money in the mid-70's to destitute basket-weavers in Bangladesh, the Grameen Bank has advanced to the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through micro-lending. Today it has 8.4 million borrowers of … [Read more...]

April 24, 2014, Global Day of Action

International Labor Rights Forum has announced the observance of April 24, 2014, as a Global Day of Action to raise awareness about hazards in the Bangladesh garment industry and to help victims of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse. April 24 is the one-year anniversary of the collapse, which killed at least 1,138 individuals and injured countless others. To date, many victims still await compensation, as do the families of those who died in the incident. While the collapse drew worldwide … [Read more...]

Too YOUNG to WED – End Child Marriage/slavery!

'By 2020, more than 140 million girls will have become child brides' – UN ... if we do not Take Action NOW !!! March 2013 – If current child marriage rates continue, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020, the United Nations said today, warning that little progress has been made towards ending this harmful practice. Of these 140 million girls, 50 million will be under the age of 15, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which added that … [Read more...]

Karima Bennoune – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this female activist of Human Rights, a learned powerhouse that has taken on the world by storm, author, philanthropist, woman. Experiencing childhood in Algeria then moving to California for further study with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, this brave soul has taken on the legacy of her father in making a life of speaking out against fundamentalism and terrorism.       WOMAN of … [Read more...]

Cyclone Mahasen evacuees still homeless, Take Action!

Cyclone Mahasen evacuees still homeless Several weeks ago, reports came in of a fearsome tropical cyclone poised to strike Myanmar and Bangladesh. Over 1 million people evacuated their homes. CARE's emergency teams sprang into action, coordinating with other groups and governmental agencies to be at the ready with crisis materials: 40,000 emergency family kits, including plastic sheeting for shelter, water purification tablets, and soap, to be distributed to families who lost their homes to … [Read more...]

Bangladesh must address lack of protection for women from violence

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras May 2013 – A United Nations independent expert today called on Bangladesh to ensure the effective implementation of laws and measures that protect women from violence, stressing that in addition to the enforcement of policies, changes in attitudes need to occur regarding women’s role in society. “The absence of effective implementation of existing laws, the lack of responsive justice systems, and … [Read more...]

Bangladesh: Manufacturing Horror‏!

The death toll from last week’s building collapse in Bangladesh has now topped 400 -- it’s Bangladesh’s worst ever industrial disaster. The eight-storey building, workplace to thousands of garment factory workers, showed clear signs of cracking a full day before it collapsed. More than 140 people are still missing underneath the rubble. Right now, thousands of protesters are marching in Dhaka to demand their right to not die on the job. It’s time global fashion brands heed their call -- it’s … [Read more...]

CSW57, Takes Action, on shocking results on sexual violence!

Study reveals shocking new evidence of men’s use of violence against women and girls in Asia Pacific One in two men said they had used physical or sexual violence against an intimate partner, one in four reported having raped a woman and one in 25 admitted to having participated in gang rape. These are among the shocking preliminary results of a study by a joint UN programme that surveyed more than 10,000 men on their use and experiences of violence against women and girls in nine selected … [Read more...]

‘EveTeasing’ [euphemism-sexual harassment] lead Women to Commit Suicide

   Sexual harassment in Bangladesh        ... that led the government to declare  June 13th  "Eve Teasing Protection Day."    Sexual harassment in Bangladesh is driving women to commit suicide as a means of escape. According to local human rights groups 28 women committed suicide this year to escape frequent sexual harassment. Before killing themselves most of them wrote a note demanding an end to the sexual harassment known locally as ‘eve teasing’ where boys intercept girls on … [Read more...]

UNFPA – celebrating $30 Million raised in Philippines for maternal health

UNFPA disclosed that its Philippine office raised $28.5 million in the year to date, and that the money will be used to promote reproductive and maternal health, one of the country’s Millennium Development Goals. “For the current seventh country programme, which started this year and will end in 2016, around $28.5 million has been mobilized and we are expecting more,” UNFPA country representative Ugochi Daniels told reporters in a press conference. “[The fund] will assist the government in … [Read more...]

WOMAN of ACTION – Dr. Phyllis Chesler on Michael Coren Show

Dr. Phyllis Chesler on Michael Coren Show To combat the epidemic of honor killings requires understanding what makes these murders unique. They differ from plain and psychopathic homicides, serial killings, crimes of passion, revenge killings, and domestic violence. Their motivation is different and based on codes of morality and behavior that typify some cultures, often reinforced by fundamentalist religious dictates. In 2000, the United Nations estimated that there are 5,000 honor … [Read more...]

BANGLADESH: Bureaucratic hitch leaves women farmers high and dry

BANGLADESH: Bureaucratic hitch leaves women farmers high and dry       DHAKA, (IRIN) - A significant number of women farmers in Bangladesh are unable to access fertilizer, cash assistance and other government subsidies intended for farmers, because the land they work is registered in their husband’s name, according to government officials, NGOs and women farmers.Close to half of all farmers in Bangladesh are women, and the majority have not received their … [Read more...]

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