A new study from the Carter Center examines women’s right to information in Bangladesh. The research assessed whether women are able to exercise the right to information with the same facility as men and also identified the main obstacles facing women in accessing information, and types of information most critical to women for economic empowerment and the protection of rights.
Within the area of access to information for economic empowerment, this research looked at four interconnected themes: education, land, business, and agriculture. Also, it explored women’s need for information on rights more generally. The study methodology called for regional sample diversity. By collecting full data sets within each region, a case study for selected districts and Dhaka was completed to identify variations in women’s access to information, key obstacles, and priority issues.
When asked to rank the top barriers facing women in the exercise of their right to information, community leaders across all six districts most frequently identified the following:
- Lack of awareness/where to go/how to ask for information
- Someone in family not supportive/impedes/culturally not appropriate/paternalism/patriarchy