For non-Muslims the minimum age of marriage is 18 for boys and girls, however, an exception is allowed for girls between 16-18 years to marry with the approval of the Chief Minister of the State.
These girls have become young female role models and activists in their own communities, using their own personal stories and struggles to set an example and demonstrate that change can happen anytime, anywhere.
Bangladesh has had one of the highest rates of child marriage globally
For Felicmina, getting married was the only acceptable option available to her. “In my community you cannot be with a man if you are not married,” she explains.
Nilima sews dresses to earn enough money to continue her education.
At the age 13, Sanita stopped her own child marriage.