Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) Report Release

41 experts in the field of adolescent development and sexuality programs gathered in New York on March 8-9, 2016, to discuss the control of sexuality in the context of CEFM. Participants—who included local, national and global program implementers, government representatives, philanthropic foundations, researchers and policy advocates—brought extensive and diverse expertise on the issues of sexuality and CEFM. The two-day meeting was hosted by American Jewish World Service (AJWS), CARE USA, International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), and GreeneWorks and held at Open Society Foundations.

To read the full report click the link below:

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CEFM Report

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.

CPA Launch Event in Nepal

In July 2016, CARE Nepal’s Tipping Point Project hosted the launch of its research report on The Cultural Context of Child Marriage in Nepal and Bangladesh: Findings from CARE’s Tipping Point Project, Community Participatory Analysis (CPA). The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Prakash Mainali, was one of the special guests in attendance, and Priyanka Kumari Harijan, from Rupandehi was the chair for the event. Priyanka is an adolescent champion against child marriage working with CARE Nepal.

During the event, the Tipping Point Documentary about child marriage in Rupandehi and Kapilvastu was shown, and the documentary was followed by Priyanka sharing her story:

“My education was discontinued and it was decided that I would have to get married. But after interacting with CARE Nepal’s program, I had the ability to speak up for myself and voice the fact that I did not want to get married, but wanted to pursue my education. Today I am seventeen years old and hold an Intermediate Degree.”

-Priyanka Kumari Harijan, CARE Nepal

CARE’s innovative approach was applauded as being an effective method to produce societal change. The Tipping Point project is contributing to the Nepali government’s commitment to end child marriage, and the Deputy prime Minister also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to end child marriage by 2030 during his speech.

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The launch event also included a panel discussion consisting of the researchers of the report and CARE’s partner organizations. The panel shared their experiences as researchers, first-hand observations, and implications for the Tipping Point program as well as other programs using a similar approach. The event had over one hundred attendees and was covered in many national news outlets.

A Social Scourge – The Kathmandu Post (English)

Child Marriage Still Rampant – My Republica (English)