Bangladesh, The battle against Child Marriage

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Nusrat Jahan Popy (16, 2nd from right) speaks during a monthly meeting of a Children's Group in Bhashantek Basti (Slum) in Zon H, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 23rd September 2011. Popy says, "I feel helpless, not angry (if my parents would try to marry me off). I can do stitching and we want to be allowed to work so that we can earn money to support ourselves in our studies and to rid ourselves of poverty and gain independence." 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