People of 10 upazilas in Barisal and Rangpur were now more aware of the adverse consequences of child marriage, according to a new study.
The study report was released at a function at the city’s BRAC centre.
The study titled ‘Empowering girls on sexual and reproductive health and rights to end child marriage’ was carried out under a two-year project in the two districts.
Girls Not Brides Bangladesh, an alliance of 25 local and international NGOs, implemented the project aiming to make people aware of the adverse impacts of child marriage.
Making a power-point presentation on the report, social protection expert of Girls Not Bridge Bangladesh Kazi Ariful Huda said that the rate of child marriage in Rangpur and Barisal divisions was very high and that was why they had conducted the study in the two districts.
About 16,000 youths, school going children, journalists, local public representatives, teachers, civil society members and community leaders were brought under the research.
The study report said that, before the beginning of the project two years ago, about 83 per cent of community leaders and 60 per cent of the youth were conscious of the adverse impacts of child marriage in Rangpur.
After the implementation of the project, the report said that the consciousness rate has increased to almost 100 per cent among the people covered under the study. The study also found similar results in Barisal.
National coordinator of Girls Not Brides Bangladesh Anna Minj, executive director of Ain O Salish Kendra Sheepa Hafiza and Habibur Rahman of Girls Not Brides Bangladesh spoke at the function.
The speakers underscored the need for creating social awareness at community level to empower women and end child marriage.
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