A 13 episode series based on the real-life stories of 13 Early Married Girls of the IMAGE Plus project was aired on national TV in Bangladesh. These girls were married off in their adolescence, before the legal age of 18. They have turned their life around with the help of their families, communities, local government, and related government entities through the IMAGE Plus project.
In August and September, 12 episodes of real life stories have aired on RTV channel every Friday and Saturday. The last episode was aired this month.
Highlighting these girls' experiences, the series illustrated the harsh reality of child marriage in the country. The 13 episodes focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights; education; income generating activities; and gender-based violence. These are also the four thematic areas of the IMAGE plus project.
IMAGE Plus is reaching out to 9,000 married girls in three northern districts of the country. The northern parts of Bangladesh have high rates of child marriage. At the same time, the project will reach their families. Because, they are the gatekeepers and guardians.
The project gathers knowledge and experience in interaction with the married girls and their families. Information, statistics, qualitative data, stories of married girls, challenges and successes will be collected and preserved in an ever expanding database. Gaps in knowledge and interventions will be identified to encourage research and interventions.
With this knowledge, the project reaches out to the society at local and national level. Information will be transformed to powerful messages, relevant research and strong awareness and advocacy campaigns. All this will raise support for the cause of married girls. It will empower the interventions and pave the way for interventions in other areas in Bangladesh and abroad.