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Dnet launches Child Marriage Prevention project financed by CFLI

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of early marriage among girls. According to surveys 7 out of every 10 women are married before turning 18 and more than 1.7 million are married before turning 11 years. Global surveys rank Bangladesh at fourth with almost 70 percent women married before the legal age.

This is a social ill that gives rise a myriad different problem on other fronts and prevention of child marriage is not just means to an end but an end in itself. Dnet has taken up a new initiative at the predominantly rural districts of Jessore, Moulvibazar, Gaibandha, Bogra and Netrokona. Implemented since December 15, 20015, the ‘Prevention of Child Marriage in Rural Communities through Infolady,’ the project will train 40 Infoladies, reach out 4,000 female students and 5,400 community people with the funding from ‘Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).’

The Infoladies, besides providing their services as social entrepreneurs, will also conduct vigorous campaigns in their areas in collaboration with schools and at an individual level disseminate information discouraging child marriage.

Dnet will also create a database of 2,800 vulnerable girls using the data collected by Infoladies that will help with early marriage issues better. This database will provide an insight into the plight of such girls and help gain better understanding of the ground realities.

The greatest beneficiaries of this project would be girls as well as their parents and older family members as they begin to realise the pitfalls of early marriage.