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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Bangladesh: Women-only beach scrapped after social media outcry
A dedicated beach for women. Is it for protection or segregation? Cox’s Bazar is a city in southeastern Bangladesh, known for being the longest sea beach in the world. In late December, authorities in Bangladesh opened a 150-meter section of the beach dedicated to women and children in response to requests from women who felt shy and insecure on a crowded beach. Prompted by the recent gang-rape incident, they thought the dedicated beach section would make women safe safer. However, critics accused the government of favoring conservative Islamists who demanded gender segregation in workplaces. And only hours later, they revoked the plan. A quick move, wasn’t it?
Will women feel segregated or protected on a female-only beach? Actually, there is a dedicated car for women on rush-hour trains in Tokyo. What do women feel?
Enjoy reading the article and think about the difference between segregation and protection.