Plan International began working in Bangladesh in 1994. Across all our work, we encourage children and young people to be leaders in their communities and drive progress on the issues that matter to them. We also integrate gender equality and inclusion across all our areas of work.
Among the issues affecting children’s development in Bangladesh are a lack of skilled birth attendants, malnutrition, a lack of sexual health rights, low quality education, a high number of girls dropping out of school, a lack of safety, especially for girls, low birth registration rates and poor hygiene practices such as open defecation. In addition, Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world with the most vulnerable children living in the worst-affected areas.
Plan International Bangladesh targets the most excluded children and our programmes directly benefit over 2.3 million children across the country.
Our priorities include:
- Improving access to quality health services
- Strengthening the education system to ensure children complete secondary school
- Creating safe communities for children
- Improving sanitation in communities and schools
- Preventing and protecting children from the risks of disasters and climate change
- Increasing the economic and social participation of young people in society.
Radha escaped child marriage. Now she's a girls' rights leader
At 14-years-old Radha escaped from a child marriage. Now, at 24, she is continuing the fight for girls’ rights.
Call For Law Reform
The current law in Bangladesh that addresses child marriage is the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2017 (CMRA) that repealed the earlier British law of 1929. The Act sets the minimum age of marriage for a male as 21 years and for a female as 18 years. CMRA criminalizes contracting, allowing, or solemnising of a child marriage.