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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.
For young women around the world, the consequences of limited access to sexual and reproductive health presents many serious issues.
This is the story of Cherifa, who was married at 13 and is a survivor of gender based violence. The average woman in Niger gives birth 7 times and lives below the poverty line.
See how access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning, changed Cherifa's daughter's life.
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.