Bangladesh has become the third South Asian country to integrate itís armed forces by allowing women to serve as officers. Nearly 15,000 women have submitted applications, which is twice the number of recent male applicants. Despite this step forward, Bangladeshi women still face significant obstacles to achieving equality. Only half as many women as men in the country are literate, and women make up less than a tenth of 1.1 million government employees in the nation.
Media Resources: Asia Times http://www.atimes.com 24 August 2000
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