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Exploring the Socio-economic Challenges Faced by Women from Dependent Families in Sylhet Sadar Upazila, Bangladesh


Muhammad Monirul Islam1, Harun Ar- Rashid Mamun2*, and Salma Begum1 

1Dept. of Anthropology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh; BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; and 2Dept. of Anthropology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. 

*Correspondence: rashidmamuncou40@gmail.com (Harun Ar- Rashid Mamun, Fellow, Teach For Bangladesh and BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh).

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ABSTRACT 

The renowned feminist Begum Rokeya once said, "Leave your daughter by giving education, they will manage their livelihood." This statement holds not only in Bangladesh but also in many parts of the world, where the development of women is a critical issue. However, this qualitative study seeks to explore the socio-economic challenges faced by women in Sylhet, particularly those who have lost their fathers at an early age and have been living with dependent family members. By using in-depth interviews and life history methods through purposive sampling, this study aims to identify the factors that hinder women's self-sufficiency and well-being and provides valuable insights into their potential for social and economic mobility. Additionally, the study highlights the importance of education and leadership skills in promoting women's empowerment and reducing social insecurity. The research findings have important implications for policymakers, practitioners, and academics, highlighting the need for gender-sensitive policies and programs that address social inequality and gender discrimination. 

Keywords: Dependent families, Conservative, Insecurity, Milieus, Socio-linguistic, and Empowerment.

Citation: Islam MM, Mamun HAR, and Begum S. (2023). Exploring the socio-economic challenges faced by women from dependent families in Sylhet sadar upazila, Bangladesh, Br. J. Arts Humanit., 5(2), 107-115. 

https://doi.org/10.34104/bjah.02301070115


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