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Anushay Hossain is a Bangladeshi journalist and media personality based in Washington, DC.  She launched Anushay’s Point in 2009, and her work is regularly featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times/Women in the World, and The Huffington Post.

Anushay has appeared as an expert on women’s rights and millennial feminism on CNN, BBC World News, HuffPostLive, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Al-Jazeera English (AJE), Canada’s CBC, Russia Today (RT), Hearst TV, BBC Radio, National Public Radio (NPR), and Sirius XM radio. She also guest-hosted AJE’s social media-driven live show, “The Stream,” and is a current panelist on Public Broadcasting Station’s (PBS) “To The Contrary,” the network’s feminist news-analysis program.

Anushay’s career in women’s rights began as an intern at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) where she worked on micro-finance for women in her native country, Bangladesh. A University of Virginia graduate, Anushay joined the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Nobel Peace Prize nominated, “Campaign for Afghan Women & Girls” prior to completing her MA in Gender and Development at the University of Sussex in England.

After a year at the United Nations Development Fund for Women’s (UNIFEM UK) London office, Anushay returned to Washington, DC where she spent almost a decade analyzing the impact of US foreign policy on the health and rights of women and girls around the world.

Anushay finally went full-time with her writing in 2013, and frequently travels to leading colleges and universities across the country giving talks on global women’s rights movements, rape culture, and millennial feminism.

She has spoken at Yale Law School, the University of Michigan, Duke, University of Chicago, Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University (GWU), New York University (NYU), Oklahoma State University (OSU), Quinnipiac University, and her alma mater, the University of Virginia (UVA).

In 2014, Anushay was welcomed as a member of The National Press Club in Washington, DC, one of the most prestigious journalistic organizations in the world.

Anushay is a Managing Director of The Daily Ittefaq, Bangladesh’s oldest and most historic national newspaper founded by her grandfather, renowned Bangladeshi journalist, Tofazzal Hossain. She also writes a fortnightly column for her family’s paper.

A fervent lover of cultures, Anushay spent a year in Italy studying Italian and is fluent in six languages. She is married and lives in Washington, DC with her Iranian-American husband, their daughter, and Persian cats.

 

 

51 comments

  1. I am impressed at the breadth of your coverage of the topic of women’s issues. You connect the problems of women of the most “privileged” classes such as the Japanese Crown Princess with those of women who are less prominent but still pressured in similar ways.

  2. Thank you for reminding us about gender inequality, and keep up the good work. We need more voices like yours.

  3. I came across your website through youtube, were you shared your views about the $50 million spent by USA on Pakistan media.
    Your blog is something completey different. I’ve been bought up in a pakistani family. I share very similar views to you. No-one else has started a blog quiet like yours.
    Keep up the good work.

  4. I like the way you expresses your ideas, thoughts, views and actions. I think the root cause to the problems faced by women in Muslim countries are due lack of education. I am just searching time to write something in your blogs in near future.

  5. Aslamoalakum

    I really liked the way you responded to the questions put up infront of you just saw that video on youtube about 50$ Million USD invested in Media Market. I knew that for some time, at the time when people were submitting their bidding/tenders. but my Intel was that it will be spent on creating Public messages through 3D Animation and target audience will be Teens to clear their heads from the doubts (huh?) about US. Anyways… I really wish if I could have a conversation with you, I have some question to ask to clear my head🙂.
    best Regards,

  6. Dear Anushay,

    I am thinking to create common blog for different persons of different sectors from different countries and I would like to include you as well due to your voice for woman’s right. This concept could help every writers to take among more people. If you are happy, pls write me in omram2002@gmail.com.

  7. Hello! Thank you for such a wonderful blog. Your emails are like a beacon of light out there for women and women of every colour. I so miss the feminist viewpoint in mainstream media. It just isn’t there. I do believe women can help shift the patterns of the world. And a major shift is what we need.

    I am presently working to bridge the gap between the diverse socio-cultural communities in Vancouver, BC, and the green movement. Only together will be able to make change. I very much enjoyed the intelligence of your article in the Huffington Post titled “Climate Change Hits Women harder, So Where are the Feminist Voices”? I would welcome you to write a short article for our blog: http://www.rangichangi.ca

    RangiChangi means vibrant of extremely colourful in Nepalese. We think this best sums up the tenor of our group. We are a grassroots group of volunteers dedicated to inclusiveness and to sharing information, creating networks, establishing relationships and sharing resources in order to address climate change. I’d like to be able to reach the women in the various ethnic communities, with a strong voice that speaks to them, that galvanizes them – us.

    I hope to hear back from you soon!

    Sincerely,
    Kate

  8. I googled “bangladeshi feminist” on a whim, and your name was the first one to come up in the search results.

    I’m loving the blog and also yay for getting postgraduate degrees in development from the UK! I got mine from UCL last year😀

  9. I love your work, i love the power we women have.

    there something interesting that is currently popular around the world and its a search engine (like google) targeted towards the muslim community, from what i understand it basically blocks porn, and allows its users to decide by a voting system what results could possibly be deemed as good or bad.

    in other words it lets its users decide its content.

    why i bring this is due to an article i read on the facebook page which the co-founder is a muslim woman, which i found to be extremely impressive
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/search-and-chat-website-for-the-modern-muslim-20100808-11qj7.html

    there hasnt been much press on her as i can find , i think it woul dbe great for you to get in contact her specifcally and write about it, it would be extremely encouraging to muslim women out there to be aware of such women in information/data/web industry.

    this is the search engine http://www.taqwa.me

    ill be following you forever!

  10. Hey Anushay,

    I found out about your blog through your appearance on RT when you were discussing the exploitation of the Afghan girl who’s nose and ears were hacked off.

    Didn’t even know you were Bengali until I read your ‘Trying to eat, pray and love’ entry. I thought it was a really nuanced piece and as a Bengali who by pure stroke of luck was born in a so-called developed country, I can happily say that I never ever take for granted how lucky I am to be able to travel freely. However I feel absolute disgust at the double standards that still exist in our world where the colour of your passport determines where you can go, so I really do feel for you.

    Anyhoo keep fighting the good fight, your work really speaks to me,

    A fellow BRAC alumnus.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Emran! Thanks for taking the time to read my work, I really appreciate it. The color of one’s passport, sigh yes, has way too much power.

  11. Great work !!
    Gender Equality Ambassador.

    Your work is greatly appreciated.
    I am an IT Expert and would love to assist you in this cause, whenever an IT support is needed.

  12. Name of the perpetrators: Major Md. Abu Muttakim (Mirpur Staff Student College), Majharul Siddique Robin, Shamol, Tarick, Ranu, Tamanna Shultana, Nargis, Kanis*husband (19#ulon) Monir Uddin Ahmed, Mosabber Uddin Ahmed, Lt. Col. Rashidul Alom( 212#Ulon) Liton, Sujon (15#Ulon) Abu Hossain Monirul-Fat Mouina, Shimul, Gholam Faruk-Dhonu, Nahid-(Dhonu’s Son) Sumon, Shajitha’s husband (17#Ulon) UNB PRO: Zakir Hossain (313ulon) Misir Ali Lackey, of the Matabars, Sheeru, Shalludin, Momean and off springs (Matabars) Shalluddin Matabar’s Brother-in-Law Shoriful Islam (Ripon)
    Paradise Developers (3/1 Ulon) A section of corrupt police staff from Rampura Thana. etc-mostly nondescript outsiders…

    Details of the incident Army officer Major Muttakim, violating a young girl with a bunch of hired Hooligans.
    Police sided with them were watching out with Brutal Satisfaction. She along with her father got tragically beaten up and wounded.

    The Victims of a mass attack:

    1) Father: Mizanur Rahman Sikder.

    2) Mother: Momtaj Begum.

    3) Daughter: Nadia Sikder.

    This issue is regarding an innocent family comprising of 3members, had been for yrs. been subjected to inhuman persecution by an influential crime committing syndicate fulfilling their lust for “GREED.”

    On 5/11/2011, 10:00pm. at 211/2 Ulon Rd., West Rampura a staged Mob Attack was cold bloodedly devised by the local self-proclaimed Matabars for disintegrating a distinguished family comprising 3individuals with the clandestine motive of Grabbing their dwelling Home for nearly 40 years…, at the first stage of the ploy, they were conned into coming out from their semi-pucca bungalow. They could sense an oddness with the cold periphery, but little did they know in the nick of time what was to come! A lot of outsiders mostly nameless faceless individuals jammed up in front of them. 19Ulon “Chapal” descendants acted noticeably in great anticipation. Right at that exacting split second a vehicle rode up stationing in front. Muttakim, jerked down demonstrating enragement amongst his relatives of Chapal, indicated his Brother-in-Law Robin, (a drug addict) to launch forth into an argument with the father and daughter airing them with repulsive abuses to instigate a fight. Paradise Developers inner recesses at that phase innumerable hired mob were patiently paused until Robin give the first strike with fist full of punches onto the face of the father, the girl was shocked trying to release the entanglement but he aimed a sharp blow heavily also on her resisting to fall unconscious Major grabbed hold of her vehemently putting her down under hurtful duress spraining her body on top practically molested her even though her screams hysterically, were shattered away by those inhumane hoodlums rioting boisterously with the attempt to subside the agonizing tremor. Were by this time the vicinity was overpoweringly surrounded by the hired mobsters so that unwanted witnesses are unable to spy the reprehensibly huge deadly scene that lurked nearby. Her father was pushed further at bay tackling a sizable amount of injuries lashing at his exposure of in-defensibility struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror the mother was crying her eyes out in a helpless fit for “Help” unexpectedly out of nowhere Monster-Man-Monir, like a raging bull from the palm of his enormous hands slapped an outrageous bruise onto her face. Shouting audibly for everyone to hear Daughter and Mother\’s Chastity would be abused to such an extent by all that a mere dog wound never set eyes on them he then spat on their faces. Now, take the girl\’s pants off stepping aside Muttakim he took over who was ushering a seemingly Military Jeep to frisk her inside. Monir pulled her legs towards him fumbling with her body even hitting hard to stop her exasperated commotion for release. Police piled thru watching with hilarity for sometime advising them to let go at once or it would be quite bitter for them cause the Oc& higher up are on there way…As a lighting was struck by Zeus, then they were freed for scuttling into their home\’s safety closing the Gate. They were robbed in between the Attack by Major Muttakim’s unacceptable behavior of snatching their belongings consisted of mobile phone, a century old priceless antic stick (carried around for fleeing way street dogs for the safety of the Sikder’s pet dog “Hachiko”) from the girl he tortured ripping off her worn garments in places tearing away patently her costume jewelry and handing over to his in-laws Shamol, Tarick, Robin. Time of running inside their gate to safety her slippers fell, were not even returned back. Still Mob was not to be put off that easily, in front of police that was sided with them aired stones/bricks at all four sides at em. Trying to break open the gate by declaring out aloud “we will all burn you alive…tonight is you last night to live…….

    1. An Army Officer Violated a young girl with a bunch of hired hooligans with the objective of “Home Grabbing.” Police was watching with amusement. She along with her father got tragically wounded in the event.

  13. HELLOW!
    I’M FROM BANGLADESH. AT FIRST I WANNA GIVE U THANKS FOR YOUR ACTIVITIES FOR D GIRL AND WOMEN.I’M FEELING PROUD AS U R A BANGLADESHI!I HAVE A GREAT PASSION IF I CAN DO MY JOB AS LIKE U!
    I READ UR WRITINGS ON ‘ANANNYA’ MEGAZINE, 12 NUMBER EDITION. UR THINKING ABOUT OUR LIFE IS NICE!BY READING UR WRITING,I FELT REALLY WE’R GOING VERY FAST,THATS WHY WE CANT GET OUT PROPER SUCCESS.
    THANK U SO MUCH AND CARRY ON.

  14. you have the coolest job on the planet! I’m aspiring to make a difference in our corrupt country also, and your work inspires me immensely, but i don’t know how to go about doing so? do you have any suggestions for me? i was planning on staying a year or so in Dhaka after i finish my B.Comm (Finance and Economics) degree from my country in Sydney, Australia and maybe enter the workforce there to maybe make a start, as i think more people need to help make a change in the country that is so backdated when it comes to development of any sort, where the government certainly aren’t doing their part

  15. আপনার লেখা সরল এবং বোধগম্য।
    বাংলাদেশে ইন্টারন্যাশনাল ক্রাইমস্ ট্রাইব্যুনাল বর্তমানে এর বিচার কার্যক্রম সম্পন্ন করছে।

    ইন্টারন্যাশনাল ক্রাইমস্ স্ট্র্যাটেজি ফোরাম (ICSF) http://icsforum.org এই ট্রাইব্যুনাল ও সংশ্লিষ্ট ঘটনাবলী পর্যবেক্ষণ করছে।

    নিয়মিত এ সংক্রান্ত খবরের জন্য এর মিডিয়া আর্কাইভ নেড়ে দেখতে পারেন। http://icsforum.org/mediarchive/

  16. When I saw you on Aljazeera my first thought was, what lushness is this? You look like a princess and you seem passionate about your work. Tackling popular topics in public, especially using twitter looks nerve wrecking to me but you do it with such ease. I don’t think it hurts that your gorgeous.. Good Luck with your future stories.

  17. Hello dear, I just found you from a facebook link; I am proud of you and your work. If you have any link where I can read your work, please forward it to me. I am from Mukti Joddah generation.

  18. Very nice to know you via your blogging. i like to become journalist, and can get best out of myself, your support appreciated. regards

  19. Hi Anushayji,

    Best wishes from the land of Mahatma Gandhi.
    Initially I was thinking you are Indian and later landed in your page to find out you are my neighbour. Stay safe, keep up the moral, continue your work for women rights.

  20. Women’s right should be the human’s right but unluckily women’s of third world countries are in dark about their right and your effort to aware on gender issues is praiseworthy. Keep the ball rolling…

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