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Why Bangladesh is running out of options in the face of extreme weather

The south Asian country is a world leader in climate adaptation, but without more funding the country will struggle to protect its people, a report warns As far back as she can remember, Shahanaz Ali has been running from cyclones. “Moving constantly f…

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Indian women are being told nationalism will empower them. It’s a trick | Pragya Agarwal

Far-right Hindu nationalists are giving women prominence to mobilise others, but regressive patriarchal systems are embedded in their ideologyIt all started in the family WhatsApp group. A member of my extended family posted photos and videos of firewo…

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‘The staff get hush money’: the hidden scandal of rape in Indian prisons

Female prisoners are ‘supplied’ to male inmates of West Bengal jails, sexual abuse is commonplace and hundreds of children are born in prison. But the women are too scared to speak outWhen Tapas Kumar Bhanja was appointed to investigate conditions in W…

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Last rites for Delhi’s forgotten: the woman who cremates strangers

Pooja Sharma has dedicated her life to providing a dignified end for thousands of unclaimed bodies lying in mortuaries in India, though she pays for it herself – and it ended her engagementOn an overcast, blustery day, with cars honking in the distance…

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‘Me and my menopause’: a view from women around the world

Millions of women are being let down by lack of support during and after menopause. We asked six, from Brazil to Bangladesh, to share their stories of fighting stigma, dealing with symptoms and supporting othersRead more: A menopause revolution is stir…

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India’s plan for untouched Nicobar isles will be ‘death sentence’ for isolated tribe

Exclusive: $9bn port, airport and military base on Great Nicobar Island will cause ‘genocide’ of isolated Shompen, academics warnAcademics from around the world have urged India to cancel a huge construction project on Great Nicobar Island, warning it …

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Women’s champion Swati Maliwal takes Delhi anti-rape fight nationwide

The campaigner has faced death threats and gone on hunger strike to change laws and bring rapists to justice. She has no plans to stop thereOnce upon a time, Delhi’s Commission for Women was regarded as a toothless, comatose body that few took seriousl…

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Kashmir’s ski resort waits for visitors after just one day of snow this winter

As tourists cancel trips to Gulmarg amid an unprecedentedly warm season, thousands of Kashmiris who rely on snowfall face ruinAs evening draws near, Bashir Ahmad Bhat is still waiting for his first customer of the day. Seven years ago, Bhat, 34, gave u…

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‘Our god was locked in a US museum’: the heritage hunters bringing home Nepal’s lost treasures

Thousands of ancient artefacts have been taken out of the country. These Nepalese citizens are determined to get them back.Flicking through a newspaper in 2020, Sanjay Adhikari read a story that changed the direction of his life – a Nepalese statue of …

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Bangladesh’s worst dengue epidemic on record puts hospitals under strain

Mosquito-borne disease once largely limited to Dhaka spreads countrywide as climate change fuels fivefold increase in cases in a year, with actual figures likely to be several times higher • All photographs by Fabeha Monir for WHOIn a small, dimly lit …

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