In the news: Zonta Club of Dhaka IV brings awareness of child marriage to schoolgirls

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Twenty underprivileged schoolgirls with the sewing machines they received from Zonta Club of Dhaka IV at Azampur Government Primary School. Photo: Prabir Das

Thirteen-year-old Bokul stopped going to school, feeling unsafe because of eve-teasing. Despite her mother’s protest, Bokul’s father and grandmother married her off forcibly.

At her in-laws’ house, Bokul found it hard to make everybody happy. She gave birth to a baby girl, making her life even more difficult. She now wants to return to school. But it is impossible!

This is the story of “Voice of Bokul,” a play performed by a troupe of underprivileged children from Protigga Foundation, at a program held at Azampur Government Primary School yesterday.

The Zonta Club of Dhaka IV, Bangladesh, organized the event as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Protigga Foundation is a partner of Zonta Club of Dhaka IV, which works for advancing the status of women.

A total of 20 underprivileged girls were given free sewing machines at the event, on completion of a three-month-long training program.

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