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A small step towards ending child marriage

Bangladesh has a high prevalence of early marriage. In fact Bangladesh is among top five countries in the world in terms of child marriage. According to surveys two-thirds of all marriages in Bangladesh involve children.

Dnet’s Infolady programme, which essentially trains and educates women entrepreneurs to deliver knowledge and ICT based services to the doorsteps of their local community households took up a child marriage prevention project funded by the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives.

Dnet held five sensitization workshops for, ‘Child Marriage Prevention through Infolady’ in Manirampur of Jessore, Shaghata of Gaibandha, Sariakandi of Bogra, Purbadhala of Netrokona and Kulaura of Moulvibazar. Their Infoladies would work towards preventing early and forced marriages in their community under this project. The workshops were attended by local government officials and elected representatives, as well as NGO professionals, intellectuals and local opinion leaders.

40 Infoladies went through intense training sessions on school campaigns, yard meetings and data collection processes to implement the project in rural areas of five districts. They were trained in ways to approach rural people and convince the community members for standing against child marriage.

Infoladies then conducted 360 yard meetings in their communities primarily targeting children’s parents. Alhough Infoladies targeted both parents, the mothers were mostly present.

There were 40 school campaigns in 40 schools with each campaign getting 50 or more students. Members of the school management committees and teachers were also present at most of the campaigns.

Participants at almost every session pledged their wholehearted support for preventing child marriage and sincere commitment to the cause.