With the support of the Nuffic Orange Knowledge Programme, Terre des Hommes Netherlands has been implementing a project titled “Community-based capacity building initiatives for service providers strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights of early married girls, adolescents, and young people” in Dinajpur District of Bangladesh. The project aims to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and access to quality of relevant services for early married girls, adolescents and young people in Bangladesh. By partnering with local organisations, these groups will be capacitated for better understanding and access to information regarding their SRHR, gender equality and gender based violence.
Being a girl in Bangladesh is a difficult reality as it has one of highest rates of early marriage in the world with 13 million girls being married by the age of 13, and almost 51% of girls have their first marriage before they turn 18-years-old. This leads to many early married girls, adolescents and youth experiencing many forms of gender-based violence.
Due to religious conservatism, social stigma, and cultural barriers, these marginalised groups lack proper knowledge and information, and face a number of obstacles in accessing SRHR and relevant support services. Moreover, with the onset of COVID-19, currently, violence within the community and individual households have risen, and most importantly the fear of getting married off early is looming over.
Considering the problems and challenges, the project intends to increase capacities of the EMGs, adolescents and young people with improved knowledge and skills to increase the SRHR rights, quality relevant services, and gender equality and GBV, and most importantly, negotiation and communication skills to enhance their capacities to access services from a rights perspective. By improving their capacities, they would be able to access services that they need.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands will further focus on the capacity building of;