Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cherie Blair: I want to see women achieve full equality before I die (Dissemination of Asian University for Women Mail)

Cherie Blair: I want to see women achieve full equality before I die

By Catriona Davies, for CNN
April 23, 2013 — Updated 0927 GMT (1727 HKT)
Cherie Blair attends the worldwide premier of Larry Crowne at the Westfield Shopping Center in London on June 6, 2011.
Cherie Blair attends the worldwide premier of Larry Crowne at the Westfield Shopping Center in London on June 6, 2011.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cherie Blair, wife of former UK PM Tony Blair, is a leading barrister in Britain
  • An advocate for women’s rights, she started the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
  • Blair tells CNN about her route to success and juggling her legal and charity work

Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time — remarkable professionals who have made it to the top in all areas of business, the arts, sport, culture, science and more.

London, England (CNN) — Cherie Blair, the UK’s former first lady, is a leading barrister who holds the senior advocate status of Queen’s Counsel. In 2008, she founded the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she devotes herself to supporting female entrepreneurs in Africa, South Asia & the Middle East.

She spoke with CNN’s Leading Women team about her commitment to eradicating injustice for women, her rise from a working-class family and how she balances her charity work with her professional life.

CNN: What achievement are you most proud of?

Cherie Blair fights for girls’ education

Cherie Blair: Like every mother, it’s my children, that’s the first thing that makes me really proud. For my own part, it would be when I became a Queen’s Counsel in 1995. I was the 76th woman ever to become a Queen’s Counsel, so it was still a pretty rare thing.

Empowering women around the world

Read: Blair, Gates, Amanpour: Things I wish I’d known at 15

CNN: What cause are you most passionate about?

CB: The thing I want to see before I die is women achieving full equality in the world. I’m very passionate about injustice against women and there’s too much of it in the world. In so many parts of the world, women are not regarded as worthy or equal to men. In parts of the world women are bought and sold. We think that’s just in the developing world, but women are bought and sold in our country, too.

CNN: Who are you most inspired by?

CB: My first inspiration was my own mother, who left school at 14 and started a career as an actress. Then my sister and I came along and my father abandoned her and she had to really pull herself up by the boot straps and work hard to support my sister and I. She was determined to make sure we got all the opportunities that she had been denied.

“The thing I want to see before I die is women achieving full equality in the world.
Cherie Blair

CNN: How do you find the balance between your work as a barrister and your charity foundation?

CB: It’s always a difficult balance. There isn’t a time or day when I don’t think about both legal work and the Foundation.

I’ve just come back from Nigeria where I was doing a legal presentation and at the same time I was also doing something with our projects in Nigeria.

I’m very lucky that as a barrister I’m self-employed, so everything I do is on a project basis. I do this case and then another case, which allows me to mix and match. In theory that sounds very well planned and balanced, but in practice it’s a little bit more chaotic and overlapping.

If I’m doing a particular legal case, I have to concentrate on that, but I’m lucky that the Foundation has a fantastic CEO and 17 employees, so they are working on it day in, day out. I’m very lucky to be able to add to the fruits of their labor.

Read: Your top-flight lawyer? She’s a stay-at-home mom

“I’m very passionate about injustice against women and there’s too much of it in the world.
Cherie Blair

CNN: How do you decide which causes to get involved with?

CB: Sometimes my friends would tell me I’m very bad at saying no. These days I completely understand one has to have a focus and that’s around women and girls, but that, of course, encompasses so many things.

I’m Chancellor of the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, which is very much an education project.

My own Foundation concentrates on women’s economic empowerment on the basis that if women have their own money and are able to support themselves they can make choices about what happens to them in their lives, about whether they have education, whether they get married and what happens to their children.

If they don’t have financial independence and the means to support themselves, it’s much more difficult for them to say no when people make them do things they don’t want to do.

Tara Kelly and Lauren Said-Moorhouse contributed to this piece for CNN.

(This report has been published in this site  for further dissemination from the link:http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/22/business/cherie-blair-leading-women/index.html as sent to me by Asian University for Women Management through e-mail of Apr 26, 2013 at 1:40 AM.This has been done to highlight Asian University for Women with due acknowledgement to all concern

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ICDDR,B Welcomes New Executive Director, Dr. John Clemens

ICDDR,B  is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Executive Director, Dr. John Clemens, who took over the leadership of the Dhaka-based public health research institution on 01 April 2013.

Dr. Clemens, an expert in vaccine development and evaluation in developing countries, with a career spanning academia, government and international organisations, was appointed Executive Director of ICDDR,B by its international Board of Trustees.

A former research scientist at ICDDR,B from 1983-1988, Dr. Clemens will transition from his current position as Professor and Vice-Chairman of Epidemiology and founding Director of the Center for Global Infectious Diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health to take up the new post.

Dr. Clemen’s previous roles include Chief of Epidemiology at the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland, and Chief of the Epidemiology Branch and Director of the World Health Organization International Collaborating Center for the Clinical Evaluation of Vaccines in Developing Countries at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the US National Institutes of Health. In 1999, Dr. Clemens became the founding Director-General of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea, where he served until 2011.

As a scientist, Dr. Clemens’ research has focused on generating the evidence required for policy decisions about vaccine introduction in developing world populations, and innovative approaches to evaluating their effectiveness. He led the team that developed the first low-cost oral vaccine against cholera, which has recently deployed in Haiti, Guinea, Thailand, and Sierra Leone, and which is now being piloted in Dhaka. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Sabin Gold Medal in recognition of his work.

Dr. Clemens has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is an elected member of the American Epidemiology Society and a Fellow of both the American College of Epidemiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America. A member of multiple WHO expert advisory committees, Dr. Clemens is a graduate of Stanford (BS) and Yale (MD) Universities.  He received his internal medicine training at Case Western Reserve University and his post-doctoral research training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.

Commenting on the new appointment, Dr. Elizabeth Mason, Chair of ICDDR,B’s Board of Trustees, said: “John Clemens is an outstanding individual who is admired and respected in his field. The Board has every confidence that he will continue to build ICDDR,B’s reputation as a leading pubic health institution, committed to generating and translating knowledge into practice and policy”.

Dr. Abbas Bhuiya, who has served as ICDDR,B’s Interim Executive Director since July 2012, commented: “This is an exciting time to be leading ICDDR,B, and John Clemens is an excellent choice. He brings vision, experience, and an international reputation to the role. I wish him every success”.

“Working in ICDDR,B in the 1980’s had a profound effect on my early career, and I am absolutely thrilled to be returning as its Executive Director,” said Dr. Clemens. “At a time of rapid change, I am committed to ensuring that ICDDR,B continues to contribute to debates, and to shape public health policy, not just here in Bangladesh, but globally”.

(Based on ICDDR,B link http://www.icddrb.org/media-centre/news/4112-icddrb-welcomes-new-executive-director)

 

Ant : A Poem by Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

Ants are moving inside my computer monitor
I feel helpless where to find an exterminator

What the humans have done to the ant community
Why they come in groups to attack our property
Who is responsible to invite this menace
How can we get rid of such penance

Ants plundered our sugar and bread
They damaged clothing by eating thread
They eat flowers and roots of plants in the garden
They carry away food of pets and human
They bite and inject painful formic acid
I wonder why they have so much greed

I am totally upset by this tiny vermin
It has conspired to stop my writing

© 2013 zainul

My Friend Chris: A Story by Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

You might know Chris.The fair tall figured icon is a great  economist.I met him in Nepal when I visited as a member of team from Bangladesh. We worked there on value chain and related matters. The beautiful landscape of Nepal charmed my heart.Chris taught me how to appreciate the beauty of nature.His long stay in Nepal made him an expert of this country known worldwide for its mountainous terrain.The Himalayas have made Nepal as celebrity state in the world.Chris was a celebrity to me for his knowledge and passion for this fabulous country.
I  enjoyed  the wonderful  hills and vales of Nepal when we traveled deep into the rural areas. The wonderful landscape filled with diverse plant species,birds,wildlife and butterfly conquered my heart.The well mannered and hospitable people  of this country seemed to love Chris very much.We were accorded special reception by the Nepalese people due to the friendship of them with Chris. The farmers grew coffee in the hilly areas.Chris took us to the homes of farmers where beautiful girls  processed coffee for the whole world.The project of Chris supported the farmers with technical know-how,machine and money.They also arranged export of coffee to the international market.Chris showed us how farmers applied drip irrigation  for irrigating  coffee, cucumber and other high value crops.
I enjoyed amazing time with Chris in hill-top resorts.The natural beauty around the resorts was awesome.Vast expanse of forest was decorated by wonderful Rhododendron,the national flower of Nepal.I looked the magical
beauty of the nature as spellbound.Chris called me to break my trance and  bring me back to the Hotel Greenwich where stayed for the brief visit.
My  assignment with Chris and other friendly persons was invaluable.Every good thing must have an end.I also had to return to my country back.But,my heart carried the lovely experience with  Chris.

 

One fine morning I was awakened by a phone call.Then a surprise. Chris was at the other end.He arrived in Bangladesh for a piece of business. I invited  Chris to our home.We sat together and planned what could be done during his free time.I wanted to make the time of Chris enjoyable.We went to a university near Dhaka where he had a great friend.The university area was amazing!There was a large lake where red colored water lily were in plenty.
A great variety  of migratory birds made the area so colorful that it can’t be described with my poor vocabulary.We also visited adjacent villages where paddy,mustard and various crops greeted us.We reached a school where teachers and students were playing volleyball.Chris and his friend professor Apollo joined the game.I became the photographer to capture the exciting moments.After the game we joined the class and exchanged with the teachers and students.Chris became very  happy to see the ambition and confidence among the students.I took him to a wedding party where he became very curious to see events in a different culture.He enjoyed all the events with great amusement.
Chris left Bangladesh leaving back  rich memories for me and my family.He befriended with all members of our family.
Another surprise awaited us.Chris came for  second time for another assignment.This time he was very busy. He requested me to see me in a cafe. My son and daughter also accompanied me there.We took pizza and coffee.Professor Apollo also came there and we had a great time there.Chris traveled different districts to collect information for his study.We talked over mobile phones on several occasions for sharing some information.Then we said good bye each other hoping meet again.
A long time went by.There was no communication between us.I was wondering what happened to him.
I mailed him.He responded quickly. He  informed me that he left Nepal to visit home and attend a wedding party of his friend.But he could not return to Nepal for some problems.So,he took an assignment in Cambodia.He expressed that after the assignment he would stay in USA to look for a bride to get married.
Chris is a wonderful person.I love to think about him.I wonder when he will marry.I am not sure if I can attend his wedding party.But,I hope Chris will get a beautiful bride and make a fabulous family.

Women in Chain: A Story by Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

I was traveling in a train.Chilly weather and frequent stoppage affected my mood badly.There were
different categories of passengers.Men women and children all were traveling in the intercity train plying between Khulna and Dhaka.The name of the train was very special,coined after the name of a river, The  Chitra.
There were women of different ages and characteristics.There were two women sitting on my right chairs.One was a mother traveling with her young girl child,the other was a married young woman with her husband.These two ladies were chatting with nice gesture.The train stopped at Darshana and another stream of passengers entered the compartment. A family with a slim woman,a cute little girl and handsome young husband took seats in the vacant places near me.The new woman befriended with other women too quickly.She said her problem in travels.Her vomiting tendency was very serious.The bad smell of smoking or abnormal odor around her could trigger her vomiting.

The women dwelt on various subjects.But at one point,the discussion was concentrated on the single issue.The treatment of mother-in-laws was the focus now.The three women narrated how their in-laws behaved,discriminated and exploited them.They all expressed freely that they were in chain.More women of young to middle ages joined the group discussion.
Stories of life were emerged one after one.One new entrant sadly described how badly she was discriminated.Her mother-in-law allowed her daughter to date and party days after days but compelled her to day and night in home like a maidservant.Another woman burst out in anger and informed how her mother-in-law tortured her  to bring money from her father.It seemed that there were endless emotional  stories in the hearts of the women.They have found a safe place to release their pain and agony here in the compartment of a moving train.
The train stopped again for a while at a small station.A group of passengers entered the room and a little stir was observed for some time.
There was  an older woman among the newest passengers.She could find a place near the group of daughter-in-laws.She took some snacks and said her prayer.Then she sat steadily and looked around to sense the discussion.
She joined the discussion and told that she was also a mother-in-law and did never behave badly with the daughter-in-laws.The  younger women appreciated her  and agreed with the older woman that all daughter-in-laws were not treated badly by their mother-in-laws.But they insisted that things should improve as the status of women was elevated around the world.The older woman was happy to be accepted by the younger women.She described the natures of her daughter-in-laws.She also pointed out that the fate of the girl is predestined.She has to move to the family of her husband.The environment and mentality of the members of the family of her husband may not be very comfortable for the girl who lived with her parents in caress and love.So,she may feel trouble in adjusting with the new environment and individuals.It is better for her to adjust as soon as possible.
The younger women argued that the mother-in-law has a responsibility to treat the daughter-in-law like her own daughter and teach her how she should adjust with the changed situation.The older woman agreed.However,she told that some mother-in-laws really treat the daughter-in-laws badly which creates the sense in them that they are slaves.Her statement made the other women to be vocal again.Some of them told that they were really in chain by such mother-in-laws.
The discussion continued with more stories tabled for consideration and criticism.In the mean time,the train reached the  last stoppage.The women wished each other.They are relaxed and happy now than ever as they could release the pain of chained life with their fellows in a moving train.

“Water Security and the Global Water Agenda” Press Release of UN-Water(Based on http://www.unwater.org/UNW_ABWS_launch.html)

“Water Security”: Experts Propose a
UN Definition on Which Much Depends

UN-Water releases a new analytical brief
“Water Security and the Global Water Agenda”

N-Water Analytical Brief on Water Security and the Global Agenda22 March 2013 – Amid changing weather and water patterns worldwide and forecasts of more severe transformations to come, calls have been growing for the UN Security Council to include water issues on its agenda.

And there’s rising international support for adopting “universal water security” as one of the Sustainable Development Goals — a set of mid-term global objectives to succeed the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, agreed by world leaders in 2000 for achievement by 2015.

But what does “water security” mean? The absence of a definition undermines progress in international forums. Marking World Water Day today at UN Headquarters in New York, a common working definition was published, forged by UN and international experts from around the world.

UN-Water, the United Nations’ inter-agency coordination mechanism for all water-related issues, says water security should be defined as:

“The capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of and acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability.”

Released within an analytical brief by a special UN-Water Task Force on Water Security, (available from March 22 here), this working definition will facilitate critical work, its authors say.

N-Water Analytical Brief on Water Security and the Global AgendaMost immediately, it will be considered by a group of 30 member states, headed by Hungary and Kenya, tasked with drafting the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.  That report, anticipated around mid-year, is then expected to be taken up at the annual UN General Assembly next September.
“In the past few decades, definitions of security have moved beyond a limited focus on military risks and conflicts,” says Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

“Security has now come to mean human security and its achievement through development. Water fits within this broader definition of security — embracing political, health, economic, personal, food, energy, environmental and other concerns — and acts as a central link between them.”

“Common understanding has central importance in international discussions and water security can’t continue to have a variety of meanings,” says Zafar Adeel, co-chair of the UN-Water Task Force on Water Security and Director of the United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health.

“A shared and working definition is needed to get everyone on the same page.  Only then can we collectively start to write a coherent response to the challenges.”

“Access to safe water and sanitation is now a fundamental human right.  But water management also requires realistic ways of recovering delivery costs. An agreed definition of water security is vitally important in that context.”

N-Water Analytical Brief on Water Security and the Global AgendaMany observers have identified water as an “urgent security issue,” a group that last year included both former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the InterAction Council, an association of 37 former heads of state and government co-chaired by the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister of Canada, and H.E. Dr. Franz Vranitzky, former Chancellor of Austria.

According to Mr. Chrétien: “Nothing is more fundamental to life than water. Few issues, therefore, have the potential to create friction more than the management of water shared across international borders, especially now with serious scarcity problems in prospect.”

In its analytical brief, UN-Water echoed its support for including water security on the UN Security Council agenda.

The brief also calls for:

  • Recognition of the need to include water security in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • A supportive policy environment including innovative financial mechanisms to achieve water security;
  • Increases in capacity development on a wide range of needs, from human to financial, institutional, technological and service provisioning.

In 2011, the UN Security Council recognized the serious implications of climate change, with water being the medium through which climate change will have the most effects.

N-Water Analytical Brief on Water Security and the Global AgendaBy formally including water security on its agenda, the Council would recognize the direct impact of water on human security issues: either as a trigger, a potential target, or a contributing factor. Such recognition would acknowledge that water insecurity poses serious risk and that water security could contribute to achieving increased regional peace and security in the long term.

The analytical brief notes examples of the impact of disasters and conflicts on water resources and related ecosystems.

In 2011, for example, driven largely by water and food shortages linked to drought in the Horn of Africa, almost 185,000 Somalis fled to neighbouring countries.  In Sudan, violence broke out in March 2012 in the Jamam refugee camp where large numbers of people faced serious water scarcity. And in South Sudan, entire communities were forced to leave due to scarce water resources as a result of conflict in 2012.

Disasters and conflicts can also affect the physical infrastructure needed to access water, sanitation and hygiene services (water services infrastructure, treatment plants, drainage systems, dams, irrigation channels, etc.), reducing levels of water security.

Water insecurity, therefore, leads to cascading political, social, economic and environmental consequences, the brief says.  (For a larger history of water-related conflicts, documented by The Pacific Institute: http://worldwater.org/conflict.html)

Key Aspects of Water Security

A summary of core elements needed to achieve and maintain water security, synthesized from a broad range of sources, include:

  • Access to safe and sufficient drinking water at an affordable cost in order to meet basic needs, including sanitation and hygiene, and safeguard health and levels of well-being;
  • Protection of livelihoods, human rights, and cultural and recreational values;
  • Preservation and protection of ecosystems in water allocation and management systems in order to maintain their ability to deliver and sustain functioning of essential ecosystem services;
  • Water supplies for socio-economic development and activities (such as energy, transport, industry, tourism);
  • Collection and treatment of used water to protect human life and the environment from pollution;
  • Collaborative approaches to transboundary water resources management within and between countries to promote freshwater sustainability and cooperation;
  • The ability to cope with uncertainties and risks of water-related hazards, such as floods, droughts and pollution, among others; and,
  • Good governance and accountability, and the due consideration of the interests of all stakeholders through: appropriate and effective legal regimes; transparent, participatory and accountable institutions; properly planned, operated and maintained infrastructure; and capacity development.

The analytical brief chronicles several hopeful international developments in progress on achieving water security, such as the management of the Guaraní Aquifer, which extends over more than 1 million km2 and spans Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. A population of 15 million today relies on the aquifer because surface water, though abundant, is often polluted.

N-Water Analytical Brief on Water Security and the Global AgendaEach country sharing the aquifer has its own institutional framework for water resources management but, until recently, no clearly defined mechanisms for transboundary groundwater management existed.

In 2010, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay signed the Guaraní Agreement, establishing a foundation for the aquifer’s coordinated management in an effort to prevent conflicts.

The brief details similar encouraging developments related to Lake Uromiyeh, Iran, Europe’s vital Rhine River, shared by nine countries, and the Nile Basin, the main source of water in the north-eastern region of Africa and one of the world’s most politically sensitive and vulnerable basins.

The brief calls for water security to figure prominently in the UN’s post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, including targets and indicators that reflect water’s cross-cutting impacts on food, energy, and other priority development areas.

According to UN-Water, a majority of climate change effects will be felt through the water cycle: “higher climatic and hydrological variability, with important consequences for societies.”

“Changes in the hydrological cycle will threaten existing water infrastructure, making societies more vulnerable to extreme water-related events and resulting in increased insecurity.”

The brief cites predictions that rainfall variability alone could push over 12 million people into absolute poverty and that climate change could increase global malnutrition by up to 25% by 2080.

Increasing water security through “natural infrastructure”

Water security depends on protecting “natural infrastructure” and the cost-effective ecosystem services it provides, according to the brief, citing several examples:

Increase in drinking water supply: Watershed management saved US $5 billion in capital costs for New York City and US $300 million annually and storage of Beijing’s drinking water in Miyun watershed forests is worth US $1.9 billion annually

Improved sanitation and wastewater management: The Nakivumbo swamp provides water purification for Kampala, Uganda worth US $2 million per year compared to costs of US$235,000

Increased food security: Tonle Sap lake and Mekong river fisheries supply 70-75% of people’s animal protein intake in Cambodia; they are worth up to US $500 million annually and employ 2 million people

Reliable energy security: Investments in soil conservation have significantly extended the life expectancy of the Itaipu dam in Brazil and Paraguay.  And the value of watershed management on the Paute hydroelectric scheme in Ecuador has been estimated at US $15-40 million.

Drought management: Watershed restoration on the Loess Plateau, China has eliminated the need for drought-related emergency food aid to a region that is home to 50 million people

Climate change resilience: With investment in developing skills and water institutions, people in the Pangani river basin, Tanzania, are negotiating ‘environmental flows’ to sustain the ecosystem services they need for climate change adaptation, food and water security

Restored rivers: In the USA, 15 jobs are created for every US $1 million invested in river restoration

For more information on other UN-Water reports visit:
www.unwater.org/documents.html

Little Children With Great Hearts: A Story by Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

The street is hardly two kilometers long.But it is very busy around the clock.Innumerable passers-by  move along the street. Various vehicles also pass by the narrow strip.A footpath attached to it looks like a business centre.Many vendors sell their products here for their livelihood.You will find many things here to shop.Fruits,pancakes,vegetables,fish ,chicken,utensils ,clothing and many other things.You will invariably see some vegabonds,drug-addicts and beggars at any time you pass along the street.

In fact, the street was the southern border of the serene and green farm established around 1900.The centenarian street was graced with a human height hedge comprising many species of plants.About 40 years back the farm with its trees,hedges,orchards,cropped fields, structures and machinery presented a  beautiful   and  picturesque view.Birds,fishes,butterflies,dragonflies, mongoose,rabbit and other animals moved freely  in their pleasant habitats.In my childhood days,once I was amazed by the jumping rabbit while collecting jujube from the orchard.The curious mongoose often stood on their bottoms and surprised me.

The happy old days and the productive farm was swallowed long ago.It was encroached by buildings of many kinds.But the street remained,its hedge was vanished and through years was transformed into a bustling centre of business.

This prologue is not to introduce the readers to the street or its pavement.I am going to tell you  the story of  three children who gave me a lesson on this street.While I was returning home just before the dusk three little kids were bouncing to their destination.They were around six years old.Each of them carried a sack by their left held,the elbow was fixed with one end of the opening of the sack.The small boys collect waste material from the garbage and elsewhere and sell them out for their living.At this age they are supposed to attend school.But poverty and destiny snatched their childhood privileges.Most of them sleep in the slums,some pass the nights on the pavements under the open sky.They can secure food for one or two times a day.So they are seriously malnourished.Usually most of them are barely dressed.

The little boys were dancing their way and met a blind beggar on the middle of the street.The beggar was holding a steel bowl and asking for monetary favor.I can’t remember when I dropped any coin into the bowl of such blind beggar.Despite this the helpless and blind beggars survived.I didn’t know how.

I saw the boys stopped in front of the beggar.They exchanged few words among themselves.Then one of them sent his right hand into the pocket of his jeans pant with patches here and there.His fingers brought out a coin that glittered under the fluorescent light.They looked at the coin.The owner of the coin tossed it into the air and approached the blind beggar.Then he dropped it into the bowl causing it to make  a sweet  metallic sound.They enjoyed the sound and looked at the beggar.The happy beggar reacted by praying for the donor whom he could not see.The little boys were happy too.They have done a great thing.

Astounded and amused,I was locked at the incident.I could scale now how mean I was compared to the little boys.The boys left the spot and I started to follow them.

The exulted and proud boys disappeared among the crowd.They carried the joy of benevolence with them.Inside my heart,I felt a prick of my conscience.I was really a mean human being!But these little boys conquered the selfishness which possessed me.The hearts of the little children were really great.They are noble human being.

Stream of Working Women: A Story by Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

When you are strolling out in the morning you will find young women with canteen in their hands.This stream of working women will enter thousands of garments factories located in the major cities of Bangladesh.In the depth of night if you go out for any reason you will see the same stream coming back home or shabby slum after the day’s tedious work.They are paid very little,sometimes after months.
The establishment of garments sector in Bangladesh is a  great blessing.Garments produced in these factories are exported to many developed countries of the world.This has generated employment for thousands of workers most of whom are women.The women workers  contribute their best ability and talent for the functioning of this vital sector of Bangladesh.
Their wage,medical facilities,security from fire,disasters and debt should be given proper attention for the sake of humanity.Many garments workers lost their lives due to recent fire taken place in a number of garments factories.The selfless workers need to be assured of the safety and security in their work places.
There have been reports sexual harassment of women workers in certain factories.Proper surveillance and intervention may stop such immoral  activities.The government should take best possible measures to stop sexual harassment of the
garment workers.
Despite the low wage,lack of facilities and harassment  the women enjoy their work in the garments factories.They know that work is honor.Many people support these women and protest any injustice to them.
Let’s salute the working stream of Bangladeshi women.They may be termed as the blood stream of the garment sector of Bangladesh.