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New legislation in Bangladesh which will allow girls under the age of 18 to be married-off legally in “special circumstances” is a step backwards for young woman, the International Planned Parenthood Federation has warned.
The Child Marriage restraint Bill 2017 gives parents or guardians the ability to seek a court order for children to be married-off in their “best interests.”
Currently, it is illegal for girls under 18 or men under 21 to marry in Bangladesh, although the law is widely flouted.
Twenty-year-old Prudence Mwelwa (not her real name) is convinced she would have died if she had tried to have her first baby at home in her village in Zambia. She said there was a lot of blood during her delivery and she really believes that her relatives would not have been able to stem the bleeding.
She had been feeling anxious anyway as it was her first pregnancy so a week before she gave birth, Prudence and her mother set out on a three-hour walk to one of Zambia’s maternity waiting houses. She liked the idea of having skilled staff on hand to help her with the delivery.
This issue from the Learning from innovation series brings together lessons from three projects that successfully addressed factors which make a particular group of young people vulnerable in the local context. Implemented in Bangladesh, Tunisia and Ethiopia, each project developed strategies to empower young people and their communities to better protect the sexual and reproductive health of young people and enable them to make choices to improve their lives.