Sohela Nazneen

The Women’s Movement in Bangladesh

The study traces the history of women’s movements in Bangladesh and discusses its achievements amidst the rapidly changing economic and political context in the country and globally.

 

Since its independence, Bangladesh has made significant gains in empowering women. The country has formulated and implemented policies and programmes that improve the condition of women and girls. Maternal mortality and fertility rates have gone down, making Bangladesh attain gender parity in enrolment.

The women’s movement in Bangladesh played a critical role in bringing about these changes. However, the movement has also faced many different challenges given the rapidly changing economic and political contexts at the national and global levels. 

For socially just and gender equal responses to these challenges, solidarity and coalitions among the various school of thoughts in Bangladesh are essential. Hence, the study is an attempt to trace the history of women’s movements in Bangladesh and to discuss its achievements and internal and external challenges for a sustainable movement. The author weaves in broader historical changes and discusses the nature of the current political context. 

This study is part of a series published under Political Feminism in Asia, a regional project coordinated by the FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia. 

 

 

Nazneen, Sohela

The women's movement in Bangladesh

a short history and current debates
Dhaka, 2017

Download publication (800 KB, PDF-File)

FES in Asia

This website gives you regular updates of FES regional projects and activities across our Asia country offices.

It offers news articles on current debates and a range of research publications and policy briefs to download.  

News

  • 23.11.2020 | Gender and social justice | News

    How COVID-19 fuels the digital gender divide

    It is high time to act and re-imagine our digital future in Asia.

    more information

  • FES Afghanistan | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

    On Shaky Grounds: COVID-19 and Afghanistan's Social, Political and Economic Capacities for Sustainable Peace

    A new report published by FES Afghanistan assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on socio-economic and political dynamics key to the country's...

    more information

  • | Gender and social justice, Climate change | News

    Further steps are needed to ensure a gender-just energy transition

    For the shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energies to be genuinely sustainable on both the environmental and social levels, it needs to be...

    more information

back to top