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


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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