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Bangladesh: Aumio Srizan Samya on violence against women

Stine Eckert, Pulitzer Student Fellow

With astonishment students at the women studies department at Dhaka University witnessed how easy it is for a boy to get away with physically abusing a girl on campus. First-year master student Aumio Srizan Samya, 25, tells the story.

Bangladesh: Aumio Srizan Samya on why he chose Women's Studies

Stine Eckert, Pulitzer Student Fellow

Increasingly more boys are joining the group of about 30 students per semester who enter the women studies program at Dhaka University, the number one university in Bangladesh. One of them is 25-year old Aumio Srizan Samya who has started his master's in women studies after completing a four-year bachelor in the department. He says his academic field of interest has caused some surprise for parts of his family.

Bangladesh: Kuntala Chowdhury on Eve-teasing

Stine Eckert, Pulitzer Student Fellow

Another problem for women in Bangladeshi society is the so-called eve-teasing, verbal insults that women encounter on the street or in public institutions. It can be compared to whistling at a woman in Western society but can take other more abusing forms. Twenty-year old student of women studies at Dhaka University, Kuntala Chowdhury, shares her experience with eve-teasing and the helplessness she felt
despite a law in place.

Bangladesh: Dr. Nazmunnessa Mahtab on Women in Politics in Bangladesh

Stine Eckert, Pulitzer Student Fellow

In the national elections in December 2008 Bangladeshi women gained a huge success in parliament: 19 women got a direct mandate. Although a quota of 45 women of 345 members for the parliament exists, this was the first time, so many women got a direct mandate outside the quota. Acting chair and professor in the women studies department of Dhaka University. Dr. Nazmunnessa Mahtab give some background on women in politics, the recent success, and political culture in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh: The other side

Stine Eckert, Pulitzer Student Fellow

Girls and women learn sewing, English and how to use a computer at Nari Jibon Development Foundation - A visit to a struggling women's project in Dhaka. Part 3.

Bangladesh: Ruma

Stine Eckert, Pulitzer Student Fellow

Girls and women learn sewing, English and how to use a computer at Nari Jibon Development Foundation - A visit to a struggling women's project in Dhaka. Part 2

Bangladesh: A Floating Future

Global warming will hit Bangladesh hard. Climate-related natural disasters already have this nation's 180 million inhabitants seeking higher ground. By mid-century scientists predict that 20 million Bangladeshis could be displaced if sea levels rise. Here's a story about one Bangladeshi who isn't waiting for that to happen. He's adapting his community to survive floods today.

Produced by Stephen Sapienza for Foreign Exchange in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Began airing on Foreign Exchange January 30, 2009.