All the info gathered from 1980 about Bangladesh women’s health, education, nutrition and economic power has indicated that women in Bangladesh are still inferior to men. In custom and practice, women in Bangladesh have an inferior social status than the social status of their male counterparts. Women’s possibilities are limited by their traditional role in the society. They have limited or no access to markets, education, health services and government jobs.
The traditional role that women had to play in Bangladesh society forced them to have high fertility rates. Usually, high fertility contributes to malnourishment and poor health because too many children are challenging the well-being of a family that can provide for a limited amount of members. Poverty rates are the highest among women and children who are not capable of taking care of themselves because they have no access to education, jobs and professional medical advice.
In Bangladesh, almost 80 percent of women live in rural areas, with no prospects for a brighter future. Women in Bangladesh are responsible for most of the hard work that is done in rural areas. They keep livestock, poultry and small gardens and they also do all the post-harvest work. Women in cities can’t advance further than a manufacturing job. The high population rates meant less working places and more candidates. Another discriminatory feature of the social situation in Bangladesh is the fact that female wage rates are typically lower than male wage rates. Usually, they are between 20 and 30 percent of male wages.
Violence against women is also omnipresent in Bangladesh. In 2008 only, there were almost 600 cases of violence against women. These victims were killed, beaten and even killed after being raped. Many women in Bangladesh even reach the point where they decide to commit suicide because of extreme domestic violence.