In the case of sisters in Bangladesh, example can be powerful

Two girls on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a country often lauded by outsiders for its progressive policies towards women — at least on paper. (GSR photo / Chris Herlinger)

Dhaka, Bangladesh —

One of the most touted examples and point of pride about gender equality is that women serve both as prime minister (Sheikh Hasina) and the leading opposition leader in the Bangladeshi parliament (Rowshan Ershad). Hasina is shown here on a street poster. (GSR photo / Chris Herlinger)
Sr. Pushpa Teresa Gomes, Holy Cross coordinator for Asia, left, and Holy Cross Sr. Rani Catherine Gomes, headmistress of the Holy Cross Girls High School. (GSR photo / Chris Herlinger)
Sr. Violet Rodrigues, an English instructor at Holy Cross College said, "I don't think it will work out if girls are not educated," she said. "How else can the country develop? If you don't educate them, the country will be crippled." (GSR photo / Chris Herlinger)
Left, Kaifi Sultana, 18. To her, progress for women is both real and elusive. As a student at Holy Cross College in Dhaka, she has applied to the California Institute of Technology for her undergraduate studies. "There are still obstacles – many in fact" for girls and women, she said. "The society doesn't support us all of the time." Right, Rokeya Kabir, the founder and executive director of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, an advocacy group founded in 1986 to change national policies and push for legal reforms on behalf of Bangladeshi women. (GSR photos / Chris Herlinger)