In rural Bangladesh, women have historically been excluded from participating in traditional justice processes – the shalish. Women rarely attend their own hearings, let alone act as mediators. Our new study in Rangpur, in northern Bangladesh, suggests some of this may be changing for the better. Yet this is far from a done deal – women’s participation in these public spaces remains contested and limited.
[The World Humanitarian Hootenanny is over! Scorecards are popping up, from glowing to relatively unfavorable to stinging and everything in between. I will be giving my take on some key issues in this and forthcoming blogs. Like a friend not invited to a wedding, I can only offer my envious observations from afar.]