Despite considerable social and economic progress in Bangladesh, child marriage remains the norm. The Population Council is partnering with UNFPA and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to empower girls with gender, life, and livelihood skills, and to engage communities to address fundamental normative drivers of child marriage. The objective of the baseline study is to generate a set of indicators against which change can be measured, and to provide specific information about the status of adolescents in the study area in ways that can guide intervention strategies and inform programs and policies. Baseline findings will provide a benchmark against which changes resulting from the intervention may be measured at the endline period and will identify themes in need of further exploration through qualitative research. Overall, the data reveal important contrasts in the social lives of adolescents by marital status, education, and age. The report notes several findings that may inform program strategies and are worth considering in the design of interventions.
Amin, Sajeda, Jyotirmoy Saha, Masuma Billah, Nargis Sultana, Eashita Haque, and Surojit Kundu. 2018. "Accelerating action to end child marriage in Bangladesh." New York and Bangladesh: Population Council.