Implementing women's equal right to employment in Bangladesh
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Women's equal right to employment is a constitutionally entrenched fundamental right and is repeatedly affirmed in several pieces of labour legislation in Bangladesh. However, any legal initiative to advance women sounds hollow as long as it fails to redress the deeply embedded specific phenomena of a traditional culture such as that of Bangladesh, that has eventually made the exercise of 'equality' quite difficult and, on some occasions, impracticable for them. The situation is further exacerbated by the absence of any progressive judicial approach to combat women's unique concerns in employment. Experiences, however, in foreign jurisdictions demonstrate a global judicial consensus on equality that has led to a substantial transformation from the traditional standard of 'equality' and forced activist legal reforms to accommodate those concerns in employment.1 This article investigates the judicial approach to women's employment in the public life in Bangladesh as compared to that of a number of countries, including India, and recommends the reconceptualisation of the ways in which the judiciary should handle discrimination issues in the workplace to meet women's contemporary values and concerns.