Waiting For Justice (English)




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Published on Oct 20, 2014

(Director: Catherine Masud, 8 minutes, Bangladesh)

About the Documentary: This documentary tells the story of the struggles for justice of three women, Moina, Nasima and Ayesha, in the Family Courts of Faridpur, Bangladesh. Their stories and the comments of their lawyers, illustrate the challenges many women still face when claiming their legal rights after separation or divorce. The film explores the strength, commitment and support required to overcome these obstacles, especially in a society where poverty and inequalities of gender, religion and disabilities are entrenched, and how legal aid can make the difference between survival and destitution, safety and security and continuing risk.

Women in Bangladesh are, in general, unable to easily claim their economic entitlements and share in marital property, both during marriage and after its dissolution, despite making substantial contributions to family homes, businesses, and assets. Deep-seated patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory personal laws limit rights in the family, including within marriage, and at its dissolution. In most of Bangladesh, such rights are determined under Muslim, Hindu and Christian personal laws. The lack of uniform standards and limited legal recognition of women’s economic entitlements exacerbates the obstacles to securing such entitlements in practice. Additionally, the amounts generally awarded to women by courts or through informal settlements are grossly inadequate relative to the women’s contributions and needs. Within this framework, women battle to secure the minimum entitlements, which are their due, simply for survival.

About BLAST: BLAST was founded in 1993 following a Bangladesh Bar Council Resolution to establish legal aid for the poor. It is the largest non-governmental legal services organization in Bangladesh. BLAST provides access to the informal and formal justice systems from the frontlines to the highest court, through its unique relationship with the legal profession and bar associations. It undertakes advice, referral, alternative dispute resolution, litigation (individual and public interest litigation (PIL)) for women, men and children, living in poverty or disadvantage. It also undertakes advocacy for law, policy and institutional reform, including on reform of laws and procedures for women to claim their economic rights in the family.
BLAST commissioned this documentary under the ‘Ensuring Women’s Economic Rights in Marital Relationship’ project, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Bangladesh.

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