Founder

Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Combating Early Marriage in Bangladesh (CEMB)

Project Introduction:

Background Analysis:59% of girls and 4% boys in Bangladesh are married before their 18th birthday and 22% are married before the age of 15. Bangladesh has the third highest prevalence of child marriage in the world, and the second highest absolute number of women married or in a union before the age of 18.

 According to UNICEF

  • Bangladesh is home to 38 million child brides, including currently married girls along with women who were first married in childhood. Of these, 13 million married before age 15.
  • Fifty-one per cent of young women in Bangladesh were married before their 18th birthday.
  • Bangladesh ranks among the top 10 countries in the world with the highest levels of child marriage.
  • A girl’s risk of child marriage is influenced by certain background characteristics. Child brides are somewhat more likely to reside in rural areas and to live in poorer households, and are less likely to have more than a secondary education.
  • Married girls are over four times more likely to be out of school than unmarried girls.
  • Nearly 5 in 10 child brides gave birth before age 18, and 8 in 10 gave birth before age 20.
  • The practice of child marriage is less common today than in previous generations.
  • Declines in the practice have been observed across wealth groups, with more progress seen among the richest
  • Meeting the SDG target to end child marriage by 2030, or the national target to end child marriage by 2041, will require a major push. Progress must be at least 8 times faster than the rate observed over the past decade to meet the national target, or 17 times faster to meet the SDG target.

However, Bangladesh is committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by 2030 in line with target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Project Agreement Number: NA

Overall Objective: This project aims to combat child early and force marriage (CEFM) and reduce the vulnerability of adolescents, particularly girls, of Bangladesh.

Strategy
This will be achieved through a three-pronged strategy focusing on

  • building the agency of girls and boys in and OOS
  • creating a supportive social environment for married and unmarried girls
  • strengthening the effectiveness and functioning of institutions and governance mechanisms to prevent CEFM.

Specific Objectives:

Project Components: CMPCs trained on CMRA 2017, GE, child rights and protection, District CMC’s responsibilities as per relevant laws and policies

Major Activities:
The project aims to reach adolescent beneficiaries including girls and boys aged 10 to 19 years. The project aims to reach the adolescents through support to Out of School (OOS EE and Adolescent SRHR groups, OOS peer leaders, classroom integrated Gender Equality Movement in Schools (GEMS), in-school adolescent corners, self-defense trainings, and SBCC events held with adolescent girls and boys.

DAM will also work closely with the office of the District Commissioner (Dhaka) and district administrations to keep them engaged through targeted influencing activities.

Project Implementation Area: Selected Adolescents groups from Dhaka Division will be reached by DAM within this project intervention.

Project Management: Head of Education Program of DAM will work as focal person for this project and will be responsible for overall communication and coordination between DAM and PIB. Other than HoE, for implementing this project necessary staffs will be recruited as well as core staffs of DAM will give partial support to this project. Their role is as following: Project Manager, Training Coordinator, Finance and Admin Officer and Support Staff.

Project Participants (Direct):[During Total Project Year)

ECD

Pre-primary

Primary

JSC

Adolescent

Adult Literacy & CE

Boy

Girl

Boy

Girl

Boy

Girl

Boy

Girl

Boy

Girl

Male

Female

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indirect Beneficiaries (by age) [During Total Project Year)

Children(0-10)

Adolescent(11-17)

Youth(18-25)

Adult(26-60)

Senior Citizen(61+)

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Duration:22 Months (21 January 2021 to 22 October 2022)
Financial partner (Donor):Plan International Bangladesh
Implementing partner (if any):N/A
Project Location (District &Upazila):Dhaka, Manikgonj, Munshigonj, Narayangonj, Narshindi, Kishoregonj, Tangail, Faridpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Shariatpur&Gopalgonj
Number of Field offices:N/A
Project Budget:BDT- 13,848,126/-
Number of project staffs and volunteers :

Staff (Regular)

Paid Volunteer

Non-Paid Volunteer

M

F

M

F

M

F

4

3

 

 

 

 

Contact Person:
Md. Feroze Ahmed, Divisional Manager
Email: damcembferoze@gmail.com, Cell: 01712040624,