Early marriage

July 2, 2022
July 2, 2022

Why are girls falling behind in higher education?

End early marriage and ensure their safety so they can reach full potential

April 18, 2019
April 18, 2019

Nearly 7.5 lakh teenagers give birth every year

The adolescent (15-19 years) birth rate in Bangladesh is still high as approximately 750,000 adolescent girls are giving birth annually, according to a new UN report.

August 20, 2018
August 20, 2018

PM receives two UNICEF awards for campaign against early marriage

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives two international awards given by the UNICEF in recognition to her government’s campaign against early marriage.

July 27, 2018
July 27, 2018

Early Marriage: A contributor to “modern slavery” in Bangladesh?

Two recent reports depicting the state of human rights in Bangladesh point to some alarming statistics. The first report, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics' “Report on Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics 2017”(RBSVS), came out in June 2018. Among its many findings, one relates to the prevalence of underage marriage for women.

October 13, 2017
October 13, 2017

Girls combating early marriage

If educated and empowered properly, community members, especially women and girls, can do wonders in the fight against early marriage. Appropriate legal provisions and their timely implementation are important, as are appropriately designed awareness-raising campaigns at the community level.

September 22, 2017
September 22, 2017

School girls saved from early marriage

Four school girls were saved from early marriage, thanks to timely intervention by the local administration in Nabinagar upazila of the district yesterday.

July 23, 2017
July 23, 2017

Early marriage even earlier

Over the last five years, more women got married at a younger age while men's average age of marriage kept going up. Last year, women's average age of marriage was 18.8 years, dropping from 19.3 in 2012. During the period, that for men rose to 26.3 from 24.7.

July 5, 2017
July 5, 2017

Early marriage foiled in Bogra

An attempt of early marriages is foiled in Shajahanpur upazila of Bogra.

July 4, 2017
July 4, 2017

In desperation

Bithi Akter's mehendi is still peeping out from under the bandage wrapped around her wound on the left hand. The 15-year-old

June 20, 2017
June 20, 2017

Robbing our children of their childhood

Jharna (not her real name), a 14-year-old girl living in Rayerbazar slum in Dhaka, fears that all her dreams may be dashed because of early marriage as she is from a community that expects girls to be married off and bear children even before they reach adulthood. Jharna, who is a child, doesn't want that.