Mitali was born into a patriarchal society, where women suffer discrimination and inequality daily

Born in Bangladesh is the world’s most densely populated country; it is also one of the poorest. Almost half the population live on less than US$1.25 a day. 87% of Bangladeshi married women have been physically or sexually abused by their husbands. It also has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world – 66% of women aged 20-24 are married before the age of 18.

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% of the population live on less than £0.95 a day

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% of Bangladeshi married women have been physically or sexually abused by their husbands

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% of women aged 20-24 are married before the age of 18

Now Mitali is a peer educator

She is trained on sexual reproductive health, child marriage and violence against women so that she can educate and protect other community members. She is also able to provide counselling and support for survivors of gender-based violence.

Initially she encountered a lot of resistance from the local community, who told her young girls shouldn’t be talking about such issues and should be married before they are 18. Now attitudes have started to change with parents and guardians starting to see the value of educating their female children rather than marrying them off quickly.

Mitali now wants to study for a masters degree and get a good job; what was once a dream may just become a reality.

Mitali has made the best of the opportunity given to her, but there is still work to be done.

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