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    Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process

Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process

The Myanmar government, international donors and aid agencies need to move beyond standard peace-building and development packages based on strengthening the state, if they want to see Myanmar’s Peace Process succeed, argues Ashley South (Chiang Mai University).  It’s time for a more conflict-sensitive approach, including principled engagement with Ethnic Armed Organisations and other non-state actors.
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January 18th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. March 2018.

Bangladesh has been hosting Rohingya refugees from Myanmar for nearly 30 years. Since August 2017, some 693,000 RohingyaÕs have made their way to CoxÕs Bazar in desperate conditions. Of them, 51 per cent are women. The refugee population in Bangladeshi settlements has more than doubled; camps are overcrowded, needs are immediate and enormous, and resources are stretched.

Pictured: Twenty-two-year-old Minara Begum in her shelter in Balukhali camp on 5 March 2018.  Minara Begum is an outreach worker for the Multi-Purpose WomenÕs Centre. Minara has helped pregnant women reach relief distribution points and carried relief items for them. She has learned to speak up and now presents the issues of other Rohingya women refugees to the authorities in charge of the day-to-day management of the camp.

As of January 2018, UN Women has set up the first Multi-Purpose Women Centre in the Balukhali refugee camp in CoxÕs Bazar, in partnership with Action Aid and with support from UN Women National Committee Australia. The Centre provides a safe space for Rohingya women and adolescent girls, where they can build a social network, access information and referral services for gender-based violence, and seek psycho-social counselling. The centre also offers skills training in literacy, livelihood options, leadership and disaster preparedness, and raises awareness about gender issues and risks.   

Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce

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    Rohingya Womanhood: Why were so many women sexually abused and assaulted when they were driven out of Rakhine?

Rohingya Womanhood: Why were so many women sexually abused and assaulted when they were driven out of Rakhine?

When the Myanmar military brutally cracked down on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine rape, sexual assault and abuse against Rohingya women was common. Deeplina Banerjee (Amity School of Law, Raipur) explains how when women’s bodies are hyper-sexualised to the point that their ethnicity are intertwined, gendered violence becomes about the honour of the community and the nation.
Photo: A Rohingya women in […]

January 15th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Long Read | India online: How social media will impact the 2019 Indian General Election

Long Read | India online: How social media will impact the 2019 Indian General Election

In around four months, Indians go to the polls. With an estimated 900 million Indians expected to vote Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra (Institute of Asian Studies, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg) asks how will India’s two major political parties use social networking sites, messages services, websites, blogs and apps to bypass the mainstream media and speak directly to […]

January 11th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|

A legal failing: Why child marriage persists in India

While it is illegal for a girl to be married before the age of 18 around 27 percent of girls in India are married before their eighteenth birthday. Ananye Krishna argues why a legal change, currently held up in Parliament, is only part of the answer to bringing this number down and ensuring girls in India are able to […]

January 10th, 2019|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|
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    “2019 is an important year for Afghanistan” – Ahmad Naveed Noormal

“2019 is an important year for Afghanistan” – Ahmad Naveed Noormal

With Presidential elections in 2019, Afghanistan is set for yet another pivotal political year. With security, economic development and regional cooperation high on the country’s agenda, the South Asia@LSE’s editor Chris Finnigan caught up with Ahmad Naveed Noormal (First Secretary at the Embassy of Afghanistan, London) to discuss last year’s parliamentary elections and how Afghanistan is going through a crucial period of […]

January 9th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: The British in India: Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience by David Gilmour

Book Review: The British in India: Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience by David Gilmour

In The British in India: Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience, David Gilmour provides a detailed, bottom-up account of the social history of the British in India. From soldiers to office workers, mothers to civil servants, Lionel Knight finds a book that pieces together historic sources to show what life has meant for the vast array of British citizens […]

January 8th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Despite the advent of digital solutions designed to promote greater financial access, large numbers of women in Bangladesh remain without access to financial services. Anjali Sarker (Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute, LSE) explains why solving longstanding problems of financial exclusion in a country with one of the highest gender gaps in financial access will […]

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    Giving voice to new narratives: How literature can help change binary narratives on gender and equality in Bangladesh

Giving voice to new narratives: How literature can help change binary narratives on gender and equality in Bangladesh

With the LGBT community routinely facing harassment, imprisonment and prejudice in Bangladesh, it is not only the law that needs to change. New narratives that break pre-existing ideas of gender and sexuality are needed, and there is a group ready to tell their stories argues this Bangladesh-based LGBT activist who has chosen to remain anonymous.

In Bangladesh the threats against […]

January 4th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|

Top Ten Most Read Interviews 2018

In 2018 the LSE South Asia Centre organised an impressive program of events across the UK. We look back on our ten most popular interviews taken from the South Asia Centre’s events and the South Asia @ LSE blog. Remember you can stay up-to-date with 2019’s program of events by signing up to our mailing list. 

“This is ethnic cleansing. It’s not just […]

December 19th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Top Ten Most Read Interviews 2018|
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    Bangladesh General Election: Free and Fair or a Climate of Fear?

Bangladesh General Election: Free and Fair or a Climate of Fear?

With the opposition leader behind bars and a string of allegations of human rights abuses over the last few years, Bangladesh goes to the polls on 30th December 2018. Despite the opposition participating in this year’s election after boycotting in 2014, M Mizanur Rahman argues why the chance of a free and fair election in Bangladesh this December remains […]

December 19th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Bangladesh General Election: Free and Fair or a Climate of Fear?|

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