Prevent Child Marriage in Bangladesh

Just Peoples

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Youth - 15 to under 25
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage worldwide, with one in three girls getting married before age 18. Economic hardships drive many parents to marry off their young daughters, perceiving them as financial burdens, in a bid to reduce household expenses and secure dowry payments. Sadly, many families are unaware of the grave challenges that girls face when forced into marriage before reaching adulthood. These challenges include the risk of domestic violence inflicted by both husbands and in-laws. Premature pregnancies resulting from child marriage can also lead to life-threatening complications.

The Covid pandemic intensified this crisis, particularly in villages where many small family-owned businesses crumbled. Adding to their difficulties, these families reside in areas highly susceptible to climate change, with frequent and devastating monsoons destroying their homes and livelihoods. In the face of such challenges, economic stability and the empowerment of independent women have become more critical than ever.

Funding this project will provide 100 zero-interest microfinance loans to families who are at the point of forcing their daughters into marriage due to economic pressures. These loans are contingent on families establishing income-generating activities, ensuring their daughters finish high school, and pledging against marriages before the age of 18.

Expected Outcomes

Through investments in business ventures, families can achieve improved financial stability and increased income, leading to a higher standard of living and greater economic independence. With the financial burden alleviated, daughters in these families gain the opportunity to pursue education, enhancing their literacy, knowledge, and future employment prospects. This project's focus on education and economic empowerment acts as a protective barrier against early child marriages, significantly reducing their likelihood.

By preventing early child marriages, not only are girls' physical well-being protected, but the mental and emotional suffering associated with forced early marriages is alleviated, resulting in improved mental health and overall well-being. These positive changes within families have a broader impact on the community, leading to improved living conditions, increased economic activity, and enhanced access to education, ultimately contributing to the overall development of the community.

Project Data & Lessons

Each Just Peoples project is designed and delivered by a local leader from the country of implementation in collaboration with their local community. All Just Peoples project leaders are part of a global community of 16 leaders who are all tackling poverty in their local communities and share learnings between them.

This project will be led by Bangladeshi Eve Karim, a Forbes 30 under 30 Asia entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to supporting vulnerable girls and women in Bangladesh.

Eve piloted this program in 2022 and yielded great success, liberating 30 young women from child marriage and into higher education. After taking the learnings from the pilot program on board she is now ready to extend this life-changing support to an additional 100 families.

Those interested in funding this initiative have the opportunity to meet directly with Eve via video call. They'll be able to learn more about the project and the local context for girls in rural Bangladesh and determine whether supporting this project will help them meet their goals of contribution.

Following the delivery of this program, the project funder will have the opportunity again to meet directly with Eve to hear her reflections about the impact that the child marriage prevention program has had on young women in Bangladesh.

Project Dates

Project Commences: October 1, 2024
Project Completes: October 1, 2025

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Other Support Opportunities
Not Interested

Organisation Details

Just Peoples
ABN: 25634335130


Johanna de Burca
Phone: 0474977140

About Just Peoples

We believe in a world without poverty. Where communities have the power to solve their own problems, their own way.

We don’t believe that foreign intervention is the key to solving poverty. We believe that real, sustainable change comes about when people are given the resources to lift their own communities out of poverty. We tackle global poverty by backing grassroots leaders to design and deliver locally appropriate solutions to the challenges their communities face. Just Peoples currently supports 12 local leaders from across Africa and Asia who are bringing to life a wide-range of projects based on delivering gender-based, health, education, technological, and economic outcomes for people living in poverty. The leaders we support are effective because they have a deep understanding of the local context of poverty in peoples’ lives, and have established respected relationships in their communities. Their insight and expertise make them the best people to understand problems, and implement culturally appropriate solutions that work. So far we have supported 34 local leaders to deliver 202 grassroots projects globally, impacting the lives of over 240,000 people living in poverty.

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