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National dialogue on child marriage held

  • Published at 09:13 pm December 24th, 2019
Gender Based Violence in the context of Early Married Girls
Speakers addresses a national event titled “Gender Based Violence in the context of Early Married Girls,” at the Cirdap auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Courtesy

Let us all sit together and create a master plan to have zero child marriages by the year 2030

A national event titled “Gender Based Violence in the context of Early Married Girls,” was held at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday. 

The event was organized by IMAGE (Initiative for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment) Plus project, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and jointly implemented by Terre des Hommes Netherlands, RedOrange Media and Communications, Terre des Hommes Foundation, SKS Foundation and Pollisree. 

Speakers at the event suggested that government and other stakeholders working against child marriage should jointly develop a national master plan to prevent child marriage.

Aroma Dutta, MP, co-chair of Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights, was present as chief guest.

She said: “Let us all sit together and create a master plan to have zero child marriages by the year 2030.” 

Mushfiqua Zaman Satiar, senior policy advisor SRHR and Gender of Netherlands Embassy was present as guest of honour.

Mahmudul Kabir,  country director of Terre des Hommes NL chaired the event.

Gaziuddin Muhammad Munir, joint secretary (admin) and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, and Monira Hasan, chief of Child Protection, Unicef Bangladesh were present as special guests.

Distinguished guests from various government and non-government organizations working on women and child rights were also present at the event.