Shadma Malik

February 22, 2019
February 22, 2019

Sromik Jigyasha: Legal aid at RMG workers' fingertips

A ready-made garment worker, Rekha was informed that some of her colleagues had been fired from the factory in Tejgaon without any prior notice. They were asked to leave without salaries.

February 4, 2019
February 4, 2019

Traditional stoves causing lung cancer in women

Ayena was trying to be as quick as possible, adding woodchips to the flame under a clay cooking stove by a roadside in the capital's Rampura. A crowd of half a dozen people was waiting for her to deliver the pithas (a kind of cake).

December 26, 2018
December 26, 2018

Social challenges hold back women's economic participation

Social challenges have held back women's economic participation over the last decade, despite headway made in education, training, entrepreneurship, and jobs overseas.

December 17, 2018
December 17, 2018

Health insurance brings smile to RMG workers

Garment worker Mira breathed a sigh of relief when she learnt last November that she would no longer have to bear her healthcare bills.

December 7, 2018
December 7, 2018

End of a nightmare

Two minors engaged in forced labour in Dubai have been rescued by Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA).

September 25, 2018
September 25, 2018

A godsend for working mothers

Riyas wakes up early every day, eats his breakfast, and then heads to “Phulki” in the capital's Mirpur. Once there, he greets his friends and supervisor, then quickly gets on to business at hand: running in circles, building castles out of blocks, and herding a menagerie of stuffed animals.

September 13, 2018
September 13, 2018

Poor healthcare plagues RMG units

Four months into her pregnancy, Tahmina, 35, found herself under constant stress as she tried to meet the production quota in the RMG factory in Tejgaon where she had been working for the last four years.

August 27, 2018
August 27, 2018

Big bucks out of animal discards

Forty-year-old Abu Kalam dug into the towering garbage pile in search of bones at the landfill in the capital's Matuail. He seemed unperturbed by the foul smell which had perhaps taken a backseat to the money he could earn by selling discarded animal parts.

June 29, 2018
June 29, 2018

Attention they deserve some

It was a moment of pride when Parimal Kumar Das got his autistic son's SSC results this year, but memories of being turned down by other schools flashed through his mind.

May 7, 2018
May 7, 2018

A step forward for menstrual hygiene

Mansura Akhter Panna, 30, often recalls her dreadful days of menstruation when she entered puberty.