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But this version of the history (originated and constructed by the patriarchal structure) of women's movement in Bengal tells a completely different story when we look at it critically, from a male unbiased, feminist point of view

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DEV 505: Gender and Development Development Studies Program, BRAC University, Spring 2006 Response Paper 1 Feminism in Bangladesh: Southern Feminist Theories, Feminist Movements Submitted to: Prof. Ferdous Azim Submitted By: Kazi Nazrul Fattah MDS, 6th Batch ID - 05262005 According to the popular history of the women's movement in Bengal - "the women of Bengal and Bangladesh have, throughout the history of the subcontinent, fought for their rights and many a learned man has also advocated gender equality and the rights of women in the region."1 Historical figures like Raja Rammohan Roy (1772-1833), Iswar Chandra Bidyashagar (1820-1891), Mohishi Debendranath Thakur are iconized as social reformers who have struggled untiringly for the rights of women, to stop the discrimination, to emancipate women from a position of being "a weak, helpless creature and a mere ornament and procreator of children to carry on the family name."2 But this version of the history (originated and constructed by the patriarchal structure) of women's movement in Bengal tells a completely different story when we look at it critically, from a male unbiased, feminist point of view. ...read more.

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colonial period further crippled women, through a highly discriminated adoption of 'modern', 'advanced', European material values in the ideology of the nineteenth century patriarchal structure. Through this adoption while the material elements that empowered the westerners, i.e. science, technology, rational forms of economic organization, modern methods of statecraft were given to the male, women were assigned the role to uphold the traditional and spiritual values. In practice this was nothing different from the traditional patriarchy, in fact worse than ever it now confined the western knowledge, technology and 'advanced material thinking' to male only.4 However, at the beginning of the twentieth century a few female activists, concerned solely with women's issues for women's sake, came forward. Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was the most eminent of them. She stood firmly apart from the political, nationalist movements and started her own struggle for women's emancipation. Although well aware of the political situation, Begum Rokeya worked in an autonomous way. She established the first Bengali school for the Muslim girls in undivided Bengal. Being a prolific writer, she wrote books and articles on the injustice and discrimination against women. ...read more.

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Also women have little active participation in policy planning and decision making. Even the women's issues are dealt by the patriarchy, most often women in power i.e. the prime minister of Bangladesh and the leader of the opposition are completely unconcerned about women's issues and act as a part of the patriarchal system. Also, the women participating the women's activist groups or female leaders usually come from the elite class of the society, as a result can not play a strong role in creating women's participation from grass-root levels to policy planning. Women's issues are often politicized, as a result the gender aspect gets lost. The patriarchal society tries to maintain its structure and minimizes women's issues. This is why a feminist approach developed on the context of the socio-cultural scenario of Bangladesh is necessary to establish gender equity and ensure women's rights. 1 Development of the Socio-legal History of Bengali Women, Author unknown, Handout provided by BRAC Univesity. 2 Same as above. 3 The Nationalist Resolution of the Women's Question: Partha Chatterjee. 4 The Nationalist Resolution of the Women's Question: Partha Chatterjee. 5 Development of the Socio-legal History of Bengali Women, Author unknown, Handout provided by BRAC Univesity. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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