Opinion

November 26, 2019
November 26, 2019

Child brides: Tales of robbed childhood and shattered dreams

Child marriage is an aberration that has permeated the boundaries of nationality, religion and race. Be it in Africa, Middle East, Latin America or Asia, child marriage nips the dreams of young...

November 25, 2019
November 25, 2019

End rape—an intolerable cost to society

If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape. That means a significant weapon of war gone from the arsenal of conflict, the absence of a daily risk assessment for girls...

November 21, 2019
November 21, 2019

Rohingya repatriation: No more dancing around key issues

In the last two weeks, the world has witnessed a renewed interest in the Rohingya’s struggles for justice and persecution of Myanmar officials for the Rohingya genocide.

November 10, 2019
November 10, 2019

Defending the mother of all rights

Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and its absence turns a human life into an animal’s.

October 31, 2019
October 31, 2019

When search for a livelihood ends in abuse and death

On October 24, Abiron Begum’s family members received her dead body in a coffin from the Shahjalal International Airport.

October 27, 2019
October 27, 2019

Increasing accessibility for the disabled: Not just a moral obligation

Recently, I was travelling from Dhaka Sadarghat Terminal to Barishal by one of the three-storied vessels that are available on this route. Before the journey started, I was waiting on the deck and...

October 12, 2019
October 12, 2019

Let girls realise their dreams

All over the world, we are seeing more and more girls raising their voice for their rights. From stopping child marriages to standing up against gender-based violence and demanding action to...

October 7, 2019
October 7, 2019

Child domestic workers need more protection

The recent report of an 11-year-old domestic help, Sharif, falling off a window shade of a high-rise building in his attempt to escape his employers who subjected him to brutal mental and physical...

October 6, 2019
October 6, 2019

A child’s right to identity

A name and a nationality are every child’s right. They are cardinal principles enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other key international treaties.

September 6, 2019
September 6, 2019

Domestic violence: Still a formidable challenge

After a week’s absence, Nazma entered the house with a lacklustre expression spread across her normally cheerful demeanour, with the slack of her sari pulled low over her face.