A central objective of this project is to identify the specific realities of life in urban slums that lead families to choose early marriage for their daughters or lead adolescents to choose early marriage for themselves.
BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health was founded in 2004 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to address the unmet public health challenges particular to Asia, Africa and South America.read more
Urbanisation has brought in a number of idiosyncrasies, challenges, opportunities and dilemmas that we, as researchers, are struggling to make sense of.
Etee, 16, has a mini bookshelf full of story books in her room. She loves to read them whenever she can make time.
Mukta’s family have been living in the Bhashantek slum for 23 years. Now 18, she was born in this slum.
Putul, age 25, is a cheerful bubbly girl who had come to Bhashantek slum from a village in Khulna when she was just 3 years old.
Sanjida, age 19, and her little brother were born and raised in the Bhashantek slum by their mother.
Sharmin, age 20, is a trainee of BRAC STAR Program and is currently working in a beauty parlour in Mirpur.
Aruna is the daughter of a local influential leader who was emotionally blackmailed into marriage when she was just 15. She was living with her parents and two brothers in the slum, and was a student of class 8
Zahid, age 19, belongs to a very poor family living in the Bhashantek slum for about 20 years. His father is a drug addict who gambles often and does not provide for the family.
“Whenever I sat to study, my mother-in-law called me for work; sometimes it was just to hand her the glass of water which was exactly beside her….I soon realized they (in-laws) do not want me to continue my studies”
Although the government of Bangladesh has adopted several policy changes to address the problem of child marriage, these measures have not been sufficient to significantly reduce the scope of the problem.read more