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Hello Washington: Equal Rights for Men and Women & Recent Debates in Bangladesh


In Bangladesh a recent debate on equal rights for men and women came up when the caretaker government declared its Women Development Program 2008 in which an equal right into ancestral property has been guaranteed.

The Islamists in Bangladesh violently protested against this program calling it anti –Quranic and has asked the caretaker government to bring in changes to the Women’s development program in accordance with the Quran. Women’s Rights group in Bangladesh have been opposing any attempt to curtail women’s rights and to deny them their equal share in the parent’s property.

In this edition of our call in show Hello Washington, audience asked questions regarding women’s rights in Islam and fundamentalist politics in Bangladesh.

Our guests were Advocate Sultana Kamal, former advisor to the caretaker government and Executive Director Ain o Shalish Kendra ; Hasan Mahumd, Director Sharia Law in the Canadian Muslim Congress and a writer of a widely discussed book, Islam and Sharia and M. Qamruzzaman, Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami , a fundamentalist Islamic party in Bangladesh.

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