Published:  12:03 AM, 26 February 2020

Concerted efforts stressed to prevent child marriage

All the government and non-government entities concerned should put their level best efforts to prevent the child marriage, said speakers at a discussion in Rajshahi on Tuesday. They viewed substantial and sustainable reduction of child marriage has become an urgent need for ending violence against women and children. To this end, responsive support from the community, especially religious leaders, marriage-registrars, parents and influential leaders is very important.

The observations came in a view-sharing meeting styled "Prevention of Violence against Women and Child Marriage and Way Forward" at the conference hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) in Rajshahi. Association for Community Development (ACD) under its 'Strengthen Civil Society and Public Institution to Address Combating Gender-based Violence' project organized the meeting discussing ways and means on how to change the social mindset against child marriage, reports BSS.

DC Hamidul Haque addressed the meeting as the chief guest while Charghat upazila chairman Fakhrul Islam and its Upazila Nirbahi Officer Syeda Samira, Deputy Director of Department of Social Services Hasina Momtaj and District Children Affairs Officer Monjur Kader spoke as special guests with ACD Executive Director Salima Sarwar in the chair. Assistant Professor Mamun Abdul Kaioum from the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism in Rajshahi University and ACD Project Coordinator Monirul Islam illustrated various demerits of child marriage in their keynote presentations.

They also put forward a set of recommendations on how to free the society from child marriage.The other speakers viewed prevention of child marriage could be the vital means of substantial and sustainable reduction of child pregnancy besides combating violations and repression against women and children.DC Hamidul Haque observed that the role of mass-media is very important towards ensuring a gender-balanced and equity-based society through halting all sorts of repression and violence against women and children.

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