Education, care of girl children for national development stressed

Education, care of girl children for national development stressed

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Participants and speakers of a discussion meeting on Monday in Barisal stressed on  care and education of girl-child for national development.
The programme was organised by the District Administration and Directorate Of Women And Children Affairs in collaboration with Bangladesh Shishu Academy Barisal branch on the second day of the weeklong programmes to observe child-rights week at Barisal Ashwini
Kumar Hall.
Rashida Begum, district officer for women affairs, presided over the programme addressed among others by Nurul Amin, divisional commissioner, Shohidul Alam, deputy commissioner, Kazi Hosne Ara, additional district magistrate Barisal, Nasrin Jahan, upazila nirbahi officer, Jahanara Begum, Mousumi Jahan, NGO organizers.
The speakers highlighting gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys said we should promote girls-childs’ human rights and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls.
They also called to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges
they face around our domestic, family and social life.
The participants urged to come together to focus on child marriage,
which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects
of a girl’s life.
They said more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were
married before they reached age 18. One third of them entered into
marriage before they turned 15.
Preventing child marriage and expanding education of girl-child will
protect girls’ rights and help reduce their risks of violence, early
pregnancy, HIV infection, and maternal death and disability.
Girls’ Education” will provide state and society with educated
motherhood and create a platform to inform others about the status of
girls’ education and the positive results that can be obtained by
investing for that.
An adolescent girl stands at the doorway of adulthood. If she stays in
school, remains healthy, and gains real skills, she will marry later,
have fewer and healthier children, and earn an income she will invest
in her family–breaking the cycle of poverty, the speakers and
participants giving examples said.
-Barisal Correspondent

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