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Council Commentary

Shaping family planning programs and policy in Bangladesh

When women have access to contraception everyone benefits. Women and children are healthier. Families and communities can invest more in education and health care. And poverty is reduced. Family planning should be a high policy priority and should be seen primarily in terms of its benefits to people’s health and rights, but also as an important investment in economic development and higher living standards.

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New Population Council Evidence Shows What Works to Delay Child Marriage in Bangladesh

New research presented by the Population Council shows that programs that educate girls, teach them about their rights and build skills for modern livelihoods can reduce the likelihood of child marriage by up to one-third in Bangladesh. This is the first rigorously evaluated study to provide evidence on approaches to delay child marriage in a region where two out of three girls is married before the legal age of 18. 

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