Emerging women’s leadership in Bangladesh
Four years ago, Rani Mondal and four of her friends used a 10,000 taka loan to start a crab business on the edge of the Bay of Bengal, eventually increasing that capital to 200,000 taka.
“We don’t have to ask our husbands for money anymore,” said Mondal. “I earn more than my husband. He used to have a very loud voice, but not any more.”
This story is one of many in Bangladesh that show the emergence of women’s leadership. Women taking charge at grassroots levels have led to roles opening up in the highest of fields, including the police, military, army, navy and air force, to an abundance of political positions.