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Why women are driving divorce in Bangladesh's capital

Divorced women On the rise in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a mainly Muslim society where women used to struggle to get a divorce;

But in 2015, seven out of 10 divorces granted in the capital city Dhaka were started by women. Ayesha Parvin is a successful vocational school manager. But she spent years trying to make an abusive marriage work. And when she opted for divorce her parents froze her out. She said, “Their reaction was no, you can’t take this decision. There are many women enduring pain to keep their family together. What kind of a women are you, if you can’t keep your man straight. It folt like it was all my responsibility to keep the family together. They stopped all communication with me for two and half years.” The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics surveyed 22,000 women. Four in five had experienced domestic abuse. Maleka lives in one of Dhaka’s slums and also suffered domestic violence. She said, “I work as a domestic help. If I didn’t give him my money, he would beat me up. He wouldn’t give me food like rice or dal (Lentils). He would spend nights with other women in front of my own eyes When he started living with my niece, I felt I couldn’t stay with him any more. That’s when I divorced him. My own sister’s daughter. And later her married her.”

Bangladesh will raise Rohingya issue at UN General Assembly, Hasina says

She was speaking in parliament during a discussion on a motion to bolster diplomatic efforts to mount international pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and ensure their safety by giving them citizenship on Monday.


“I am going to the UN General Assembly and I will surely raise the Myanmar issue in my speech,” she said.

“Myanmar has created the problem and it will have to resolve it,” she said and assured the neighbour of cooperation to resolve the issue though discussions.

NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise

Now in their sixth year, the NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to industry, community and society. The Awards profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and elsewhere, women who make significant contributions in their community and young women whose achievements make them leaders in changing the social and business landscape.

The 2017 NSW Women of the Year Awards were presented at a ceremony in Sydney on the morning of International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley. The Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, the Minister for Women, the Hon. Tanya Davies and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC joined for the ceremony.

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