Amid the chaos wrought by political instability and the rise of homegrown jihadist terrorism, Bangladesh finally has something to celebrate this year. In late October, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its latest Global Gender Gap Index that saw Bangladesh emerge as South Asia’s top performer. It ranked 72 out of a total of 144 countries, in the process moving up 19 spots from 2006 when the last findings were published. But big data can be deceiving. Though Bangladesh has made serious strides in bridging gender inequality, most noticeably through political empowerment, there remain glaring cracks.