Rohingya women are moving past the narrative of victimhood and emerging as leaders in the camps, despite resistance from the men

OnOn August 25, thousands of Rohingya refugees gathered under a relentless sun in Kuttapalong, the oldest refugee camp in Bangladesh, to commemorate the two-year anniversary of one of the most significant events in their turbulent history. More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled what the United Nations calls “ethnic cleansing” by the…

Gulchehra Hoja has dedicated her life to protecting her people, who are being tortured for their religion and identity

InIn November 2017, 23-year-old Amanet Khan (name changed for safety reasons), a Chinese graduate student studying in New York City, knew something was wrong when her father stopped responding to her texts on WeChat, a popular messaging app in China. Gradually, even her mother’s texts slowed down to one-word responses.

A beauty influencer challenged the UNICEF ambassador and shed light on the India-Pakistan conflict

OnOn August 10, beauty bloggers, makeup addicts, and celebrities gathered in downtown Los Angeles for Beautycon LA. UNICEF ambassador and international celebrity Priyanka Chopra was on stage during one of the panels when Pakistani American beauty vlogger, Ayesha Malik, called her a hypocrite for her tweet on February 26 in…

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Fardowsi Chowdhury, age 15, on her wedding day in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1979.

Compared to the rest of South Asia, Bangladesh is doing relatively well when it comes to a number of women’s-empowerment issues, from girls’ access to education to women’s political roles. But in…

Jennifer Chowdhury

Freelance Journalist. Bangladesh-rooted, NYC born & raised. /

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