Bangladesh student to speak against child mariage.
A tenth-grader from a north-eastern Bangladesh district is going to attend the UN General Assembly to speak against child marriage.
NGO Save the Children says they will support Moni Begum, a youth campaigner, for this year’s crucial summit when the global leaders will adopt a new set of development goals for the next 15 years.
Bangladesh has one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with two thirds of girls ending up as child brides.
This robs girls of their education and opportunities and puts their lives in danger as they are forced to have children before their bodies are ready.
Sixteen-year-old Begum is a resident of Kulaurha – a small town in Moulvibazar district in Sylhet Division. She is studying at Sultanpur Girls’ High School in Kulaurha.
Save the Children says she will be in New York from Sep 21 to Sep 28.
There she will attend trainings and meet international delegates, including UN representatives, civil society representatives, and government officials.
Begum will also meet her peers from other countries.
Her slogan in this assembly will be #LetHerGrow, meaning that “there should be equitable access to basic services for everyone to grow, educate oneself and contribute to society”. Read More …