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Success in a Land Known for Disasters

Nur Jahan cared for a relative at a hospital. Ms. Jahan worked on a road maintenance crew for two years and hopes to one day run for a local government position. photo:Munem Wasif for the International Herald Tribune

Women in Bangladesh are making remarkable gains. Decades of successive governments of Bangladesh, working in tandem with development organizations, have done a great deal — in part through microlending, and lately through the growing garment industry — to improve the lives of women nationwide, notably through expanded access to health care and basic education. The progress would be unthinkable in many other Muslim societies. Read the New York Times article “Success in a Land Known for Disasters” which describes the progress of women in education, child health, job security, politics and women’s rights.

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