Episode 4: A Closer Look at BangladeshVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Through the Eyes of a Bengali Academic
The fourth episode of the series brings us to one of the world’s most crowded countries: Bangladesh. Among developing countries, Bangladesh is at the forefront in addressing gender disparity. Previously often unprivileged, illiterate and poor, women in Bangladesh have made major strides over the past decades – this is not only due to the fact that the country has had a female head of state longer than any other state in the world, but also due to Bangladesh’s experiences with microfinance.
What changes have been precipitated by the involvement of women in the decision-making process in Bangladesh? What are some of the main challenges society and in particular women face nowadays? And as Bangladesh remains a highly patriarchal society, what are some of the typical societal and family structures present in the country?
To answer these and other questions, we take on the perspective of the renowned Bengali academic Dr. Faraha Nawaz. After a brief introductory presentation of the country, Dr. Nawaz will share her view on Bangladesh's potential, where she sees the biggest challenges, and discuss the changing role of women in Bangladesh, followed by a Q&A session. This episode will be moderated by Asia Society Switzerland's Nico Luchsinger.
“A Closer Look” is a 5-part series by the Asia Society Switzerland, the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of the University of Zurich, and the Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft, shedding light on different Asian countries through the eyes of leading local voices. Season 1 covers Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Brunei, Bangladesh and Bhutan. See all episodes here.
Dr. Faraha Nawaz is an Associate Professor at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Dr. Nawaz has proven her excellence both in basic and applied research as well as in publishing. As an academic, she has devoted herself in undertaking wide-ranging research in social sciences in general and gender issues in particular. She has published articles in refereed journals, chapters in edited books, and is the sole author of a book published from Palgrave Macmillan Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh. Dr Nawaz is an active member of a number of international professional groups and networks such as NAPSIPAG, ISTR, EROPA, NZSAC, Dev Net and AWID, and has presented scholarly papers in various international conferences. She is a recipient of prestigious awards including gold medals, Charles Wallace award, Dev net Research award from New Zealand, Malaysian scholarly award, Australian Government scholarship, etc. She was an international fellow of Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, USA and a research fellow of Contemporary South Asian Studies program of School of Interdisciplinary area studies, University of OXFORD, UK.
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