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Review on FORUM (May Issue)

June 2, 2009

All the contents of Forum (May Issue) are echoed with Bob Marley’s “Get up, Stand Up, Stand Up for your Right, Don’t Give up the Fight”. When I started to read it, I was amazed by the fact that all the pieces are about feminism. Frankly speaking, it is not a favorite issue of mine. I think it is due to the international women’s day that the whole world observed in May.

In ‘My Main Bane’, Farah Mehreen Ahmad argues why the claim over right has been taken away and why the women are allowing it.

In ‘What Women Want’, Hamida Hossain thinks it is a long way to go before women see favorable change around them. Establishing equal inheritance rights, dealing with the harassment issues in the work places, educational institutions and implementing laws to stop violations against women may start the journey to reach the distant dream. She reminds AL of its electoral promise of reviving the 1997 policy, which commits to gender equality and justice.

In ‘Things I won’t Tell My Daughter’, Tazreena Sajjad tries to “reflect a little on why it is that in the 21st century, more than 50% of the country’s population is impatiently pacing the platform, waiting for the train to equality”. She presents some wearing statistics: 70% of the world’s population are women and 46% of the girls in the poorest countries have no access to primary education, Moreover, women earn only 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of the world’s property while they work two-thirds of the world’s working hours and produce half of world’s food. From this piece, this is the first time I’ve heard of Gender Empowerment Index. She shares her observation on the responses when the question of women’s right is raised. She draws our attention to some horrifying incidents that have been going on years after years around us here in Dhaka. Then she argues why she was so fed up with the attitude of a male-dominated society towards women.

 In ‘Democracy Begins at Home’, Lazeena Muna stresses that establishing equal inheritance rights of female members of the family, the right to choose life partners and equal treatment of male and female children by parents in the family will lead to create a functional and effective democracy at home.

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