ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 3 July-September, 2013 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
FOUR DECADES OF WOMEN IN BANGLADESH: CHANGES AND CHALLENGES IN
EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
Moshreka Aditi Huq & Ashraful Azad
 
ABSTRACT
Bangladesh emerged as an independent state in 1971. Subsequent nationalist history of the state glorified ‘men’ as savior and the women as ‘victim’. The issue of women empowerment has been in the public domain but the presence of women in decision making club has not yet resulted in active participation in nation’s power centers. Patriarchal society creates consolation by establishing quota and the market force capitalized on the cheap and attractive labor of women. The traditional mores in the society further complicates issue of identity with predetermined notion of “Women’s Ideal Role” and to choose among ‘Bengali’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Hindu’, ‘Modern’, ‘Rural’, ‘Urban’, ‘Ethnic’ and other categories of women determined by its own set of moralities and standards. This paper is an attempt to draw a general but comprehensive picture of the present situation of women in Bangladesh.
 
KEYWORD
Bangladesh, Empowerment, Gender, Equality, Women.
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