Project profile — Combatting Early Marriage in Bangladesh

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Overview

Overview

Combatting Early Marriage in Bangladesh - Overview
CA-3-D004771001
$14,200,000
Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2018-06-04 - 2022-12-31
Operational
Country / region • Bangladesh (100.00%)
Sector • Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Reproductive health care (13020) (50.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
Description and results

Description

This project aims to reduce child, early and forced marriage in the Bhola and Jhalokati districts of Bangladesh. It also aims to reduce the vulnerability and poverty of adolescents in these two districts with a focus on reducing the proportion of girls under 18 years of age that are married. Bangladesh has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. Approximately 52% of girls in Bangladesh are married by their 18th birthday, and 18% by the age of 15. Bhola and Jhalokati districts are among the poorest districts in Bangladesh and have the highest rates of child marriage in the country. Project activities include: (1) raising awareness and engaging adolescents, especially girls, in life skills education such as financial literacy and vocational abilities; (2) mobilizing community stakeholders by encouraging open, inclusive and informed discussions on the harmful impact of child marriage; and (3) strengthening existing child protection mechanisms.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include : (1) increased agency of adolescent girls and boys to protect themselves from harmful gender norms and practices, including child, early and forced marriage, and exercise choice in economic opportunities and decisions about their futures; (2) improved community acceptance of norms that value girls and actions that support delayed marriage; and (3) increased responsiveness of duty-bearers (such as matchmakers and marriage registrars) at national and sub-national levels to prevent and respond to child rights violations.

Results achieved

Financials

Financials


Original budget $4,000,000
Planned Disbursement $3,750,000
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