India’s unorganised labour industry makes up around ninety-three percent of the country’s total workforce. Much of this work is done behind closed doors and by women. On the streets of Delhi, Sumedha Pal discovers the conditions many women have to endure. Here she argues why India has a chance to transform these women’s lives with the country’s draft Social […]
On International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD2019) Claire Milne (LSE) picks five must-read books for those seeking a deeper understanding of the lives of women of Bhutan.
2017 Bhutan Living Standards Survey National Bureau of Statistics 2017
The 2017 Bhutan Living Standard Survey report contains many useful statistics. Chapter Three especially has useful data on education, where we see that traditionally large gaps in literacy […]
On International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD2019) Dr. Amber Darr picks five must-read books for those seeking a deeper understanding of the lives of women of Pakistan. Amber’s list intends to serve a three-fold purpose: it aims firstly to cast its net wide to include women from very diverse strata of the Pakistani society, next it highlights challenges faced by women in spheres ranging from […]
On International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD2019) Anjali Sarker (Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity, LSE) picks five must-read books for those seeking a deeper understanding of the lives of women of Bangladesh.
Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Sultana’s Dream Tara Publishing 1905
Sultana’s Dream, first published in 1905 in a Madras English newspaper, is a witty feminist utopia—a tale of reverse purdah that posits a […]
Based on over twelve years of interviews, Sandya Hewamanne (University of Essex) explains how the lives of four Sri Lankan global factory workers can shed an alternative light on jobs thought of by some as just precarious, low-paid and exhausting. While unable to exercise full autonomy in such situations, these women were by no means left passive. Through a delicate […]
Taking India as an example, Ernestina Coast (LSE), Joe Strong (LSE) and Samantha R. Lattof (LSE) explain how weak evidence is prolonging the economic burden, shame, and gendered experience of menstruation in low- and middle-income countries.
“America has Superman, Batman, Spiderman… but India has Padman.” So goes Pad Man, Bollywood’s internationally acclaimed (Netflix available) movie based on the life of […]
Reiki, an offshoot of the international movement of ‘new’ age spiritual practices, has become increasingly popular with certain women in Delhi. Ujithra Ponniah (Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad) argues that its rise symbolises the needs of some women who struggle to deal with the problems of well-being in the family, divorce, problems with mothers-in-law, and material success. But […]
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 […]
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 […]
“All we want to do is fit in. To be accepted. To be part of the group”: Discussing LGBTQ rights in Bangladesh
Following the LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit, a representative from a queer collective in Bangladesh spoke to Rebecca Bowers on the current status of LGBTQ rights in the country.
RB: Can you share with us the journey that led you to becoming a gay rights activist?
I grew up in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh but since my graduation I have […]