Bangladesh, The battle against Child Marriage

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Oli Ahmed (11, in pink shirt) speaks during a monthly meeting of a Children's Group in Bhashantek Basti (Slum) in Zon H, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 23rd September 2011. Oli says, "We are in extreme poverty. If our parents get a good price for our marriages, there is nothing we can do. (Also,) we are now in the era of gender equality and girls should be allowed to study instead of being married off." Oli wants to be a doctor when he grows up. The Bhashantek Basti Childrens Group is run by children for children with the facilitation of PLAN Bangladesh and other partner NGOs. Slum children from ages 8 to 17 run the group within their own communities to protect vulnerable children from child related issues such as child marriage. Photo by Suzanne Lee for The Guardian