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Being a Female Aid Worker in Bangladesh





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Uploaded on Apr 4, 2011

This is Nirjhar of the Canadian International Development Agency. She's not Canadian, rather she is a born and raised Bangladeshi hired by the Canadian Government to help monitor projects and programs that are funded by Canadian tax dollars in Bangladesh.

In this video, Nirjhar talks to me about why she's sitting in a hot and humid car instead of going outside for fresh air. She talks about the problem women face when traveling around in Bangladesh - even for work. It has a lot to do with something called Purdah:

Now Purdah isn't something legally enforced - in fact it's not even recognized in the law. But it's something that's culturally enforced. As Nirjhar points out, no one would object if she stepped out of the car, but she'd be eyed a lot and people would be scrutinizing her to almost uncomfortable levels.

This is a supplement to a video uploaded on my main channel. You can see that here:

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