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A perspective on gender equality in Bangladesh

This report highlights that although more girls are attending primary and secondary schools, and are generally doing well when they are there, from the eighth grade their drop-out rate increases exponentially. They also face serious violent, emotional and psychological threats from boys and men, such as acid-throwing and sexual harassment, that can drive some to suicide.

In addition, the sex ratios for under-ones and under-fives in Bangladesh give cause for concern.

This analysis does not corroborate the existence of female foeticide or that girls up to the age of five are being systematically neglected and discriminated against in favour of their male siblings - (firm evidence of either would have pointed to gendercide) - but it does raise some red flags as to the potentially troubled direction of Bangladesh’s demography.



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