Child marriages looking to have increased during the pandemic is an extremely worrying trend
Despite Bangladesh making significant progress as a nation, there remain certain areas where it continues to fare poorly. Child marriage is one such area -- according to Unicef, Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of child marriage in South Asia.
However, with the advent of Covid-19 in 2020, the prevalence of child marriage has only grown; according to a study done by Save the Children, an estimated 500,000 more girls are at the risk of being forced into child marriage globally and as many as one million more were expected to become pregnant this year.
This, on top of other calculations by the organization, brings global child marriage numbers to 61 million by 2025 -- an astonishing figure.
Research has proven time and time again that women married before adulthood are far more likely to drop out of school, be unemployed, face harassment, and ultimately lead a life that is neither healthy nor fulfilling.
Therefore, child marriages looking to have increased during the pandemic is an extremely worrying trend, with the future of these young girls essentially ruined, at a time and age when they should be studying and developing as human beings.
As a society, thus, we must do everything that we can to reverse this trend, and eventually stop this archaic and retrograde practice once and for all. Be it through supporting poor families to ensure they do not feel forced to marry off their young daughters, educating people on just how problematic child marriage is for the future of girls, or empowering the young girls and women to be equipped with the right skills and mentality for their future, it will take a concerted effort to finally be able to stop child marriage