COVID-19 and Climate Change

COVID-19 and Climate Change

by Saleemul Huq, Climate Advisor for Friendship The COVID-19 virus pandemic is still making its way around the world and it will be some time before it is over. Nevertheless, we can draw from it some lessons on how to deal with Climate Change. The problems we are...
In This Together

In This Together

A message from Friendship founder and executive director Runa Khan The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping the world. Its fear, its impact on health, society and our global economy, is a reality. In times of such peril, it is imperative that we do not lose ourselves to...
Silent Catastrophe

Silent Catastrophe

The terrors the Rohingya people fled are well known to the world. But in their new reality, many continue to suffer from psychosocial conditions. by Maliha Khan Nurun Nahar must return home to her children. Half an hour stolen between feeding her family breakfast and...
Empowered by Law

Empowered by Law

Being unaware of your rights is as good as not having any by Raeed Abd-Allah Chowdhury After getting married, Bilkis was emotionally and physically abused by her in-laws for not bringing in enough dowry. The law in Bangladesh criminalizes the extraction of dowry from...
Sadia: Linguist, Volunteer, Diagnostician

Sadia: Linguist, Volunteer, Diagnostician

Narrated by: Bipasha Khatun, Friendship Medical Assistant at Balukhali 1 at the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN) camps in Ukhiya: I came across a little girl who was helping the medical assistants usher in patients. Named Sadia, this 7-year-old was also...
Momota: Matriarch

Momota: Matriarch

Momota has been married for over 10 years, and lives with her husband and two sons on a riverine island (char) called Khockhali in Gaibandha district. Even though it has been quite some time, Momota has yet to receive her mehr (dower), a mandatory payment from the...
Josna Rani: A Queen in Her Own Right

Josna Rani: A Queen in Her Own Right

Rani, meaning queen in Bangla, lives up to her namesake. In 1983, at the age of 15, Josna Rani got married, having no choice but accept child marriage, being born into an extremely poor family. Seeing as her new husband was also a laborer, their financial troubles did...
Jobeda Khatun: Rising Against All Odds

Jobeda Khatun: Rising Against All Odds

For several years, Jobeda remained in abject poverty. Her first child was born to every financial disadvantage, seeing as there were no options available to him. His father, a day labourer, could not add much to the household, and Jobeda, uneducated and married as a...
Phulmoti: Guardian of the Seeds

Phulmoti: Guardian of the Seeds

In the rural regions of Bangladesh, such as the hard-to-reach chars in the north of the country, women are seen as the guardians of seeds.  Women play the primary role in the preservation of seeds from the time they are harvested and stored until they are planted in...