CPA Launch in Bangladesh

The results of the Tipping Point Community Participatory Analyses (CPA) Report were released in Bangladesh this week on August 13th. The release involved a meeting including the State Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Meher Afroze Chumki, and the CARE Bangladesh Assistant Country Director, Arshad Muhammad.

17 national daily and Bangla newspapers covered the launch event along with 5 TV channels and 5 online newspapers. Below are links to some of the media coverage in Bangla and English:

UNB – Planning, investment a must to end child Marriage – English

BSS – Comprehensive planning, investment demanded to combat child marriage – English

The Daily Prothom Alo: Child Marriage is one of the major stumbling blocks for development – Bangla

Poriborton – Bangla

Jamuna News – Bangla

Everyone Can Play Football

On March 21, 2016, CARE Tipping Point Project arranged an all girls football match in Dowarabazar upazila in the Sunamgani District of Bangladesh. Adolescent girls from Pandargon union and Mannargaon union competed against each other for the first time in a sport that dominates international athletics and media.

While the Mannargaon team won by two goals, both teams were more thrilled that they were able to play. At the awards ceremony, the captain of the Pandergaon team said, “Although we lost the game, I am thankful to my teammates for their efforts. I played football for the first time.” Football is more than just a fun sport; it is also a way to engage youth in their communities. Upazila Nirbahi Officer and special guest at the football match, Saiful Islam, said, “Playing games makes the mind fresh. If a teenager is engaged in games, he/she will not be involved in child marriages, drug addictions, or eve-teasing.”

The excitement and encouragement contributed to a positive environment for the girls, the coaches, and the onlookers. Even the audience enjoyed the game cheering on both teams, and the girls who played in this match now have even bigger dreams. They want to play on a national level.

This story was originally documented by Nahida Arefin Nitu, CARE Bangladesh.