In the final part of this series, Finlay Green explores the lives of Lakchunhar, who suffers at the hands of an abusive husband, and Rawshunara, who outlines the detrimental impact of the ‘Aratdar’.
In Part 2 of this three part series, Finlay discusses the lives of women in Bangladesh in the aftermath Cyclone Aila, 2009, as well as the benefits to women of owning their own land.
This is the first instalment of a three-part report on the state of women in agriculture on Bangladesh’s southern coast in November/December 2010. In Part 1, Finlay covers the first village he encountered, Chakbara, where Bangladeshi woman, Monowara, describes life as a tiger widow.
Nusaybah Yusuf in this concluding part of Alochonaa’s Madrassa series, explains how Islamic schools in Bangladesh have contributed to the increased access in education and added value to student lives in a context public spending for education is low and poverty is widespread.
M Ahmedullah discusses the fate of the indigenous people native to the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Through an ethnographic observation of the cultural festivals symbolic to these ethnic minorities present in Bangladesh. The author emphasises the importance of these festivals in strengthening the cultural identity and capacity of these groups, as they face increasing marginalisation from the dominant Bengali ethnic group. Since the formation of the Bangladesh state in 1971, Bengali settlers have gradually asserted their cultural identity in the region, as a political tool to reinforce the dominant cultural narrative of Bengali people.
Mumita Tanjeela writes for Alochonaa.com on the impact of climate change on Bangladeshi women. Mumita states that climate change has been generalised as a gender-neutral phenomenon, however contrary to her most recent field research, Mumita reports that climate change impacts women in Bangladesh differently to the men in society.