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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.
The 2014 David Kato Vision and Voice Award winner is Cambodian transgender activist, Sou Sotheavy. She will be presented the award at the prestigious Teddy Awards in Berlin.
Sou Sotheavy is 75 years old. She has spent the last 2 decades working to establish a national network of organizations to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people across the country.