Afia Jahin

Afia Jahin is a member of the editorial team at The Daily Star.

December 1, 2021
December 1, 2021

How conforming to societal misogyny breeds gender-based violence

If I had to pick only one trait of my own that I admire, it would have to be my ability to adapt.

November 26, 2021
November 26, 2021

‘Misogyny embedded in the legal system has to be addressed’

Advocate Sultana Kamal is a human rights activist and the founder president of Manabadhikar Shongskriti Foundation (msf). In this interview with Afia Jahin of The Daily Star, she speaks about what perpetuates violence against women in Bangladesh, and the steps that individuals, institutions and the state can take to combat it.

November 9, 2021
November 9, 2021

Think twice before giving in to fast fashion

The character of Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep, from the 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada”—albeit exaggerated for dramatic effect—was the boss of all our nightmares.

October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021

Tighten your purse strings, save the planet

This is my moment of truth. When last month I got to know that there was a day called World Thrift Day (that is, today), I immediately decided I had to write about it.

October 23, 2021
October 23, 2021

What does it say about our society when a child bride sets herself on fire?

Upon reading the news headline for the incident I am about to discuss, I only felt a momentary, dull pain in my gut or thereabouts. Because while it is a shocking incident that would rob you of hope, the elements of the story are all too familiar to us all.

October 13, 2021
October 13, 2021

All screen and no play?

We are all familiar with the sight by now: everyone in a family—adults, children, parents—sitting together, but each concentrating on their personal device, usually a smartphone or a tablet.

October 5, 2021
October 5, 2021

It’s more than just a haircut

It’s part of human nature to favour symmetry, uniformity, and evenness over something that is uneven or “disorganised.”

October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021

Third in gender, last in line?

Weighed down under the stacks of reports about crowding at vaccination centres, shortage of vaccine doses, and the rocky mass vaccination drives, is the story of how a section of Bangladeshi population is suffering from bias and a lack of access to the jabs, leaving them unprotected against the coronavirus.

September 21, 2021
September 21, 2021

Are we headed towards another dengue crisis?

Against all odds (read: the non-existent movement restrictions and the maintenance of health safety guidelines almost becoming a practice-as-you-please thing), it seems the rate of Covid-19 infections in Bangladesh is finally going down, and hopefully nearing the “safe” and much-desired mark of five percent or less.

September 9, 2021
September 9, 2021

Who made men owners of the night?

People’s tendency to drag back any individual who attempts to break away from dominant social norms or expectations has existed in all units of society since time immemorial. We just have a term for it now that rolls off the tongue easily.