Ina, a Girl Raising Her Voice
“I want to inspire young girls to take charge of their own future. We can do what men do. We can provide for our families. And I believe education is the best way to secure our future”.
This is the story of Ina. Ina goes from door to door, speaking to young girls and their families. In Bangladesh, many girls have limited education and get married very young. Many parents believe that marriage is a good opportunity for young daughters. Ina creates awareness, fighting against prejudice, promoting education for girls.
Child marriage is not rare in Bangladesh. Half of all the women up to the age of 25 is married before the age of 18, according to UNICEF. That translates to 38million child brides; women who got married before the age of 18. Of these women, 13 million were married before the age of 15. Teenage pregnancy is common consequence of child marriage, and so is school drop-out. Married girls are four times more likely to drop out of school, compared to unmarried girls.
Ina is a change maker among girls and young women. At 22 years of age, she is studying for her graduation. She convinces girls to raise their voices and create an equal society, where girls and boys are treated equally, regardless of their gender.
“It is my dream to live in a world free of child marriage”
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