Notion of the World

Women’s Progress in Bangladesh

In one of the poorest countries and the eighth largest country, measured by population, in the world women tend to work and educate their way out of poverty. Women hold 19.7 percent of the seats in the Bangladeshi Parliament. In the British House of Commons the percentage is 22.3.

Bangladesh gained their independence in 1971 from Pakistan after a rather bloody civil war. According to Bangladeshi sources, 200.000 women were raped and approximately 3 million people were killed. The result of the war was Bangladesh’s independence and a lot of widowed women.

A development project carried out by the local government helped roughly 24.400 women to get jobs etc. The UN and the European Union financed the project. These improvements for women in Bangladesh have led to expanded access to health care and education. Single mothers can now afford to send their children to school.

The expansion of educational possibilities has contributed to a decrease in births by teenage mothers. In the year of 2000 130.5 per 1,000 gave birth in their teen years. In 2010 the number dropped to 78.9 per 1,000. In India the number is 86.3 per 1,000.

Bangladesh is primarily Muslim and compared to many other Muslim countries Bangladesh is in a leading position when it comes to implementing women in the workforce and in the universities. Exceptionally in a Muslim country the Prime Minister is a she. Sheikh Hasina (PM) is a role model for this female development where the Bangladeshi government even established an all-women university.

Photo by Ahron de Leeuw

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Preventing Technological Development

Over the last couple of decades it’s been possible to communicate via the Internet. Skype made it possible to see each other when talking on the computer. Viper made it possible to talk on your phone via the Internet. As the rapidness of the Internet gets more accessible for the masses around the world it’s very likely that that telecommunicating operators have to change their game plans.

With the introduction of the 4G net it’s getting even easier and better to reach and talk for as-long-as-you-like via the Internet. But the development in this Internet based – operator free area of business is rather slow.

The telecommunicating operators, who send the signal and sells the subscriptions, are likely to loose their core businesses if the ‘old fashion’ masts are getting unusable. So it is most unlikely that the companies are going to give you a good offer on a subscription free smartphone in the near future. Eventually the operating companies have to give in to the consumers need for better and faster Internet and telephone connection.

Experts say that all communication over the mobile phone will be via the Internet within the next ten years or so.

Photo by Zigazou76

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The Biggest Dumpster in New Orleans

The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, USA, has become the easiest way for contractors, auto shops and even pet owners to dump their unwanted belongings. Somewhat seven years after the Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans and especially the Lower Ninth Ward, it has become normal for people to dump their trash, cats, dogs etc. in the area.

Contractors seem to think that it’s way easier to dump their rubble, insulation foam and PVC pipes in the once rather poor neighborhood. Many of the houses in the district have been abandoned ever since the hurricane hit.

In late summer of 2011 the local police found an incinerated body in a deserted car, so it seems that criminals also find the unlivable area to be a perfect spot to dump bodies and perhaps even execute the criminal actions in the area.

The vegetation in some of the streets with abandoned houses has grown exceptionally fast. The humidity and the flooding the hurricane brought with it combined with the alluvial deposits from the Mississippi River made some of the streets look like a jungle instead of an urban place you actually were able to live in. Trees that weren’t there before are as high as up to 9 meters now.

Photo by John Donaghy

Photo source: flickr

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