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Breaking The Barriers With The Power Of Press

 

Going against the norm, Aasha Mehreen Amin has risen in the field of media in Bangladesh, essentially dominated by men, to become an influential opinion-maker as the editor of ‘The Star’, the most read weekly magazine for 18 years. (© UN Women)

Going against the norm, Aasha Mehreen Amin has risen in the field of media in Bangladesh, essentially dominated by men, to become an influential opinion-maker as the editor of ‘The Star’, the most read weekly magazine for 18 years. (© UN Women)

Born in Dhaka, the bustling capital of Bangladesh, Aasha Mehreen Amin learnt to read and write in English early in her life thanks to her supportive and progressive parents. She got an opportunity to study economics at BostonCollege, where she found her rhythm in the analysis of the world’s current events and their links back to the state of her country.

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12.06.2015 | 13:47

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Women in the news

Amnesty International has issued a damning appraisal of working conditions for foreign nationals brought to Qatar as domestic labor.

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24.04.2014 | 9:35

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‘Only death will do’

Women Talk Online blogger Aziza Ahmed wasn’t yet born when Bangladesh gained independence after the bloody Liberation War against Pakistan. But the stories she heard convinced her that nothing but death will do for those convicted of war crimes.

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08.01.2014 | 9:59

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Women’s day special: Bangladesh

Young female protestors at Shahbag shout slogans. A poster of Jahanara Imam can be seen in the background
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Women in Bangladesh are a force to be reckoned with. It all began 42 years ago when Jahanara Imam’s elder son, Shafi Imam Rumi, joined the Mukti Bahini (pro- Bangladeshi independence group) and fought against Pakistan’s army. During the entire nine months of the war of liberation. Jahanara wrote what she felt and saw in her diary. This went on to become one of the most important publications about the war. It was called ‘Ekatturer Dinguli’ or ‘Of blood and fire.’

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08.03.2013 | 7:59

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A dead man

Saydee appeared in court wearing a Salwar suit and a ‘Jinnah’ cap

It was an experience of a lifetime to be able to experience the sensational verdict session of Delwar Hossain Sayedi, an infamous war criminal in Bangladesh. I entered the court building at 9:40 am last Friday with my friend Udisa. We waited outside the court building for security clearance and finally entered the main room by 10:30 a.m. Then we waited for the judge to arrive.

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04.03.2013 | 9:48

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