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Will child marriage ever end in Bangladesh?

Child Marriage in Bangladesh

Ashleigh Becker

on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of Will child marriage ever end in Bangladesh?

Will an End to Child Marriage in Bangladesh Ever Come to Fruition? By: Ashleigh Becker Bangladesh has the 3rd highest rate of child marriages in the world, with 35% of girls becoming wives before they turn 15 and 64% before the age of 18,

Legal age for marriage is 18. Why Does This Happen? Issue Child marriage destroys both the physical and emotional childhood of girls and when they are further deprived of an education they no longer have the potential to provide the greatest contribution possible for the development of the country.

Since girls have freedoms and rights expressed through laws and conventions, Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina needs to put an end to the unlawful practice of child marriage occurring in the country and bring these girls to justice. - National Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - Gender Inequality
- Poverty
- Traditional Practices and Customs
- Governments Failure to Enforce Laws What Are the Consequences? - Violence, abuse and forced sexual relations
- Poor sexual and reproductive health
- Illiteracy and lack of education "It is the new kind of slavery.
Here girls are a burden, they don't earn income in this culture, Which means they are totally dependent on their families to support
and protect them and pay their dowries.
Dowry for a very poor family is work of a lifetime, they'd rather start early because the dowry is not too high. The girl is more easy to sell when she is young.”
-Mingming Evora
Plan International Regional Leader Policies - Birth Registration and Documentation Campaign - 90%

- •Community Sensitization and Awareness-raising at the grassroots level Policy Options -Continued efforts for extensive documentation and distribution of birth certificates

-Reopen the Female Secondary School Assistance Programme

-Give teeth to the Rule of Law Sources - Plan International
- World Bank-International Development Association
- Dispatches International
-Universal Declaration of Human Rights
-Safe World for Women
- The Children in Need Network
- BBC NEws
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