Institutions Matter

State of Women in Bangladesh, 2013institutions matter

This annual State of Women in Bangladesh, 2013 is a publication of Social Policy Unit of Unnayan Onneshan. The research reveals that the violence against women has increased in the country over the years, despite quantitative improvements made in economic and social indicators, owing to institutional rigidities embedded in societal structure, manifesting in unequal power relations between men and women.
The report recommends re-visioning of the state from the current form of an enabler to that of a dutybearing one to ensure rights, shifting from the current target-based approach to a one of society-based, to transform from the present trickle down approach to ensuring equality and fairness, to opt for balanced rural and urban development to reduce regional disparities and calls for citizen’s vibrant resistance and movements in the wake of reduced space and manufacturing consent for the status quo by the so-called civil society.


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