Speaking of Asia

Protecting Asia's weakest post-Covid-19

Across Asia, the pandemic is affecting poor families and deepening inequality. Governments need to do a deep think on social issues.

Garments a source of exports and employment, and contribute to the empowerment of women in Bangladesh. PHOTO: REUTERS
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To gain a sense of how Covid-19 has impacted Asian society starting with its basic unit, the nuclear family, have a word with Mrs Suraiya Haque in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Mrs Haque is executive director of Phulki, a non-governmental organisation she founded in 1991 to provide workplace-based daycare for the children of women gaining employment in the country's then-mushrooming garment industry.

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