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    “Campaigns to change the law have made it part of state policy to favour women’s rights and combat violence against women” – Hina Jilani

“Campaigns to change the law have made it part of state policy to favour women’s rights and combat violence against women” – Hina Jilani

At the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 veteran lawyer and human rights activist Hina Jilani spoke on the Constitution panel. Here she speaks to Sonali Campion about the achievements of the women’s rights movement, the weaknesses of the law in protecting women and minorities, and the need for a regional approach to human rights in South Asia. 
SC: You have campaigned […]

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    Addressing the migrant skills gap in Bangladesh through mobile and e-learning solutions

Addressing the migrant skills gap in Bangladesh through mobile and e-learning solutions

Temporary labour migration from Bangladesh to the Middle East is commonplace, but workers are often at risk of being exploited because they don’t speak the local language or lack basic skills. The Government of Bangladesh offers training but in the past the time and cost commitments involved have been prohibitive for many aspiring migrants. Here Ayesha Khanom and Shakhwatul […]

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    The demographic impact of extended paid maternity leave in Bangladesh

The demographic impact of extended paid maternity leave in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a regional leader on paid maternity leave, offering 24 weeks. Salma Ahmed discusses a recent study into the demographic impact of the extended coverage, which finds a plausible connection between the policy, reduced infant mortality and increased female labour force participation.

With the passage of the Labour Act of 2006, Bangladesh outperforms India and other South Asian countries in […]

June 6th, 2017|Featured, Gender|Comments Off on The demographic impact of extended paid maternity leave in Bangladesh|
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    Counting the uncounted: The economic contributions of women in rural Sindh

Counting the uncounted: The economic contributions of women in rural Sindh

Women’s contribution to agriculture across South Asia is often overlooked, yet the evidence suggests that they play a central role, particularly in livestock management. Here Sultana Ali and Abdur Rehman Cheema draw on their fieldwork to highlight the specific nature of women’s agricultural work in rural Sindh, and the benefits of making this more visible and properly remunerated.

Agricultural and livestock […]

June 1st, 2017|Development, Featured, Gender|Comments Off on Counting the uncounted: The economic contributions of women in rural Sindh|
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    Defending Malala: Separating the person from the representation

Defending Malala: Separating the person from the representation

Given widespread recent criticism of Malala in Pakistan, Dr Shenila Khoja-Moolji argues that it is important to distinguish between how she is represented by others, and the assumptions made about Muslims and Pakistanis in the process, and Malala’s own statements and writings.

A PTI MNA recently claimed that the attacks on Malala were staged. She then went on to name […]

May 30th, 2017|Education, Featured, Gender, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Defending Malala: Separating the person from the representation|
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    Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

The earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal in April-May 2015 had a devastating impact on the Kathmandu Valley. National and international donors responded with both cash and material assistance, but there has been relatively little research into aid effectiveness. Here Srijana Nepal, Neha Uprety and Apekshya Prasai discuss their recent fieldwork exploring the gendered outcomes of cash transfers and the challenges […]

May 25th, 2017|Development, Featured, Gender|Comments Off on Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu|
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    “Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

“Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

At Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 Tahera Hasan spoke on the Philanthropy and Institution-Building panel in her capacity as Director of Imkaan Welfare Organisation. After the session Sonali Campion caught up with her to discuss Imkaan’s work and the problem of child abandonment in more detail.
Tell me about Imkaan Welfare Organisation – why was it established and […]

May 24th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law|Comments Off on “Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan|
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    Beyond Tayyaba: Tackling rural poverty to reduce child labour

Beyond Tayyaba: Tackling rural poverty to reduce child labour

Following headlines about the abuse of a domestic worker in a judge’s house in December 2016, Abdur Rehman Cheema and Sultana Ali analyse the wider problem of child labour in Pakistan. Drawing on their research in rural Sindh, they write that poverty is the primary reason that parents keep their children away from school, and outline the community-driven approaches […]

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    Women’s economic opportunities: What can South Asian countries learn from each other?

Women’s economic opportunities: What can South Asian countries learn from each other?

There are multiple benefits associated with female labour force participation and increasing women’s involvement in the workforce is therefore viewed as desirable across South Asia. Here Charity Troyer Moore and Vestal McIntyre discuss the variations in participation across the region, and introduce the challenges and opportunities that women face as their work choices expand.

When women make their own money […]

April 27th, 2017|Economy, Featured, Gender|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

In Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture, Vanita Reddy examines how beauty is a mobilising and socialising force implicated in the shaping of South Asian American identities, focusing on a range of cultural and literary texts drawn from the 1990s to the present. In showing beauty to be an active force in constructions of the social, […]

April 21st, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy|

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