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Three Women from Satkhira Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Social Security in Bangladesh

09 Jul 2017 by Shazia Omar,consultant

Last week I visited Ashashuni union of Satkhira, a flood-prone area where river erosion, limited economic opportunities and increasing salinity caused by climate change and made worse by shrimp cultivation has resulted in poverty for thousands of people. There I met three women. Poor citizen. The first young woman was a bright eyed lady named Parul Akhtar.  She was dressed in a colourful shalwar kamiz, busy behind her sewing machine, when I arrived at her homestead.  I asked her to tell me a bit about herself while her son circled us curiously.  Parul’s father was a van gari puller who was very poor.  She was married off young because her father could not afford to feed her properly and felt bad about that and he hoped her husband would provide her with a better life.  This didn’t turn out and when she was pregnant she returned to her father’s home because her husband had married another woman from a neighbouring union.  A few months later, her father’s home was washed away by the river during cyclone Aila when she was pregnant. It was a harrowing experience. … Read more

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