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#GirlsVoices: Radha, the wedding buster

#GirlsVoices: 21-year-old Radha from Bangladesh escaped her own marriage when she was 14. Today, she wants to make sure all girls know they have a choice.

#GirlsVoices: Join Radha on 13 October 2016, 12.00-16.00 CET while she takes over @Europeaid's social media.

Radha is now known as the “Wedding Buster” in her community.  Whenever she hears about a child marriage, she speaks with the parents of the girl to explain the negative consequences of child marriage and urges them not to arrange the marriage. When this does not work, she informs the local authorities who can legally stop the marriage.

Having escaped her own arranged marriage when she was 14, Radha is now determined to get the education she needs to be independant. She is a second year student working towards a degree in social sciences, and hopes to make a career advancing children’s rights.

Throughout her work and struggles Radha gets courage from her mother who was a victim of child marriage and always hoped that Radha would have a better life.

Radha believes that Bangladeshi society is changing its mind about child marriage. She sees poverty as a key driver of child marriage and believes developing awareness about the benefits of girls continuing education and not getting married is key to change.

"I work to ensure girls know about their rights and raise their voices," she says determinedly.  


  • 13 October, 12.00-16.00 CET: Radha takes over @EuropeAid social media. Join the #GirlsVoices live chat from 15.00 CET!

  • 14 October: Radha takes over the position of the Vice-Presdient of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva - Support her! #GirlsTakeover