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Preventing Child Marriage in Bangladesh

Rachel Chimits
July 10, 2019

World Challenge workers are helping families protect their young daughters from cultural pressure to marry too early.

According to the Human Rights Watch, “Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world, with 29 percent of girls in Bangladesh married before age 15…”

In a study that interviewed hundreds of women across the country, researchers found a shocking number of girls who had been married off before they were 11 years old.

Although child marriages have been illegal for decades, the practice is alive and well, especially in poorer communities.

Child Brides in the Slums

For the Dalits—the “untouchables”—who live in Bangladesh’s slums, parents regularly struggle to feed all of their children.