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The Guardian: BALIKA shows what works to reduce child marriage in Bangladesh

New findings from the Population Council’s Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents (BALIKA) project show that providing girls with educational support or skills training can reduce child marriage in Bangladesh by up to one-third.

The Guardian recently interviewed Sajeda Amin, a senior associate at the Council and lead researcher on BALIKA. She provided insights in to how empowerment approaches used in BALIKA can delay marriage and improve health and well-being of girls.

“Now we have not one, but three approaches that are proven to work,” said Amin. “The BALIKA results show that programmes which build girls’ skills and knowledge and elevate their visibility and status in their families and communities while keeping them safe can significantly reduce the average child marriage rate in the community.”

Read more at The Guardian.