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Anushay Hossain
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Anushay Hossain is a Bangladeshi born- Washington, DC based journalist. She spent ten years as a feminist policy analyst on Capitol Hill before going full-time with her writing in 2013. She is the author of the blog, Anushay's Point, and you can catch her work on Forbes, Huffington Post, & The Daily Beast.

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Bathroom Break: India's Sanitation Crisis Is Trapping Women in a Cycle of Violence

(49) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Last week, the Thomson Reuters Foundation outlined how Bangladesh, India's much poorer and flood-prone neighbor, has had more success building bathrooms for its citizens.

In just over a decade, Bangladesh managed to decrease the percentage of people defecating in the open from 19 percent in 2000 to just...

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A Woman's Job: Kurdish Female Fighters on the Front Lines in Iraq

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:55 PM

The one thing everyone can agree about Iraq right now is that it is a mess. However, in the past week, the US military made tremendous gains against the extremist Islamic group, ISIS. But did you know America's greatest ally on the ground are Kurdish military women?

Yes,...

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Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's 'Nobel Prize'

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 2:04 AM

My personal interest in the field of mathematics was pretty much non-existent until this week when Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal, considered to be the equivalent of mathematics' Nobel Prize.

That fact is also something I had no idea...

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Could the Hobby Lobby Ruling Affect Women Around the World?

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:39 PM

When I was growing up in Bangladesh in the early 1980s, I used to imagine America as a feminist utopia. Before I even stepped foot on her soil, I pictured America as a country where women enjoyed full equal rights, especially when it came to controlling their reproductive lives.

This...

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Amal and Angelina: Real Life Wonder Women

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 4:05 PM

What I love more than smart women is smart women working together for a good cause, especially one that demonstrates women's rights are human rights, and this week was the perfect example of what I am talking about. Amal Alamuddin, international human rights lawyer representing UNICEF (oh and George Clooney's...

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Branding Bangladesh: India's Neighbor Is Becoming A Major Startup Hub

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Poverty, natural disasters, and cheap labor may be what you would normally associate with Bangladesh, but India's neighbor could be Asia's next major startup hub. "Bangladesh is becoming a land of opportunity," says Samad Miraly, a Canadian-Bangladeshi angel investor based in Dhaka. "It's a place where extraordinary people are doing...

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Women and Multitasking: Asset or Enemy?

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Last month, a study by British psychologists confirmed what women have long known that we are, indeed, better at multi-tasking than men. The study did find that both sexes "struggled to cope with juggling priorities," but that men suffered on average more. The psychologists also concluded that men were slower...

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The Reluctant Heroine: Celebrity Aside, Malala's Cause Is Real

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 11:10 AM

Global education champion, Malala Yousafzai stipulated this week that she is not a "puppet of the West," and was indeed, a proud Pakistani girl. It needs no introduction that Yousafzai became an international icon for the struggle millions of girls face around the world to access education after she herself...

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American Woman: How Feminism Is Changing the Identity Discourse

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 2:40 PM

When I was growing up in Bangladesh, you can trust that I never thought I would grow up to be an American woman.

But around the same time I took my citizenship oath last month, the silent commentary many women of color keep to themselves was exposed when blogger Mikki...

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Beyond the Sycamore Trees: What the Turkey Protests Really Represent

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:30 PM

At first glance, the recent unrest in Turkey could be mistaken for an uprising elsewhere in the region: People gathering in a large square, expressing their secular-leaning demands through masse protests. But look closer, and you will see that the Turkey uprisings are about issues extending far beyond the Sycamore...

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Media Blackout: Why Is the World Not Acknowledging Shahbagh?

(5) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:51 PM

When I was a little girl, I always wanted Bangladesh to be famous. I did not like that whenever people asked me where I was from I would have to explain, "Bangladesh, this tiny country on the East of India." Why could people not just know where my motherland was?

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Beyond Partisan Politics: Bangladesh Protests for Justice

(19) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Shahbagh Square (Shahbag er Moar) in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, transformed into a tangible human ocean this week as ordinary Bangladeshis joined in solidarity to demand the death penalty for the leader of the country's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, well-known war-criminal, Abdul Quader Mollah.

His sentencing earlier...

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India's Tipping Point: Death of Rape Victim Sparks Global Outrage

(4) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 2:01 PM

The brutal gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old female medical student in India has prompted outrage and horror around the world. The physiotherapy student was tortured and raped by a group of six men on Dec. 16 armed with a metal bar on a private bus in New...

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The Silence of a Laureate

(11) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 1:56 PM

When I was growing up in Bangladesh, Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi amazed me. Burma is right next door to us geographically, but as a little girl all I understood about the military junta there was primarily through pictures.

I just could not wrap my head around what kind of...

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The Startup Wives Club: Life With an Entrepreneur

(4) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Last year when I was heavily pregnant, my husband took me to a gala dinner his company was throwing at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, DC. I could not have been more excited.

You see, for the past two years, Shayan and his partners had worked tirelessly trying to...

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1971 Rapes: Bangladesh Cannot Hide History

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 6:52 PM

The post- Liberation War generation of Bangladesh know stories from 1971 all too well. Our families are framed and bound by the history of this war. What Bangladeshi family has not been touched by the passion, famine, murders and blood that gave birth to a new nation as it seceded...

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The Pinterest Gap: Is Pinning Only for Women?

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 3:15 PM

As a mother to an 8-month-old, you would think the main reason I am not getting enough sleep would be the new baby in our home. But really I stay up late into the night while my husband and daughter sleep because, with iPhone tightly in the palm, I am...

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Asma al-Assad: To Shop or Not To Shop?

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 11:43 AM

British newspaper the Guardian recently revealed thousands of personal emails it uncovered between Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, and his wife, Asma.

Amidst the beginnings of civil war brewing in Syria, and the slaughtering of civilians in Homs, one would be forgiven to think that the Assads...

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Demi Moore Finds No Country for Old Women: The Actress & Our Fear of Aging

(77) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 6:15 PM

Demi Moore's recent divorce from her younger husband, Ashton Kutcher, and subsequent trip to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction have been documented all too well in the tabloids. We read the headlines and exclaim over our shock and horror at Moore's "pathetic" behavior. Unable to...

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Princess Amira al-Taweel: Challenging Women's Roles Around The World

(8) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 3:30 PM

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Saudi women have taken the wheel. They did it literally by defying the country's notorious driving ban and figuratively by attempting to advance their rights in a country that allows women almost no rights without male guardianship...

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