IDRC Project: Preventing early marriages in poor urban settlements
The Government of Bangladesh has identified preventing child marriage as a key priority in its public health and development agenda.
Bangladesh currently has the highest rate of child marriage (under age 15), with over three-fifth girls married before the age of 18.
A large population of poor and uneducated adolescent girls resides in the urban slums, where the issue of early marriage is more acute when compared with data for a similar age group from urban non-slum areas.
This IDRC project supports research that helps design public policy interventions in urban Bangladesh to tackle this issue, and will look for opportunities to scale up the proposed interventions by organizing common platforms for action for a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations.
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