The International Day of the Girl Child was observed in Bangladesh on Wednesday like elsewhere in the world.
This year the day marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises, according to the web site of the United Nations.
Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad organised a discussion in its office in Dhaka marking the day, said a press release issued by the parishad.
The discussants stressed on girl child’s development for the country’s overall development.
The discussion was chaired by standing committee on ministry
of forest and environment member Tipu Sultan. The celebration committee chairman Makhduma Nargis and member secretary Abul Kalam Azad and the parishad vice-president M Azizul Islam and general secretary Nurul Karim Chowdhury also
In a press release on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch said that child marriage and lack of access to quality education
were major barriers to progress for girls across the globe.
The release also said that loss of access to education was both a cause and a consequence of child marriage.
Around the world, 32 million primary school and 29 million lower-secondary school-age girls are out of school, and almost two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women, it said.
South Asia has the highest prevalence of child marriage, with one in two girls married before the age of 18, it said.
HRW has documented the adverse consequences of child marriage in Nepal, Bangladesh, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, and Yemen.
HRW said that governments should adopt — and fully enforce — laws that set 18 as the minimum marriage age for boys and girls and also guarantee that girls have equal access to free quality primary and secondary education.
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