Youth Empowered: Preventing Child, Early, and Forced Marriage in Bangladesh

Reporting Organization:World Vision Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 3,411,193
Timeframe: March 17, 2021 - March 31, 2024
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

World Vision Canada

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 3,411,193.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (50.00 %)

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (25.00 %)

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (25.00 %)

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This project contributes to the prevention of Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in Bangladesh’s districts of Bagerhat and Sathkira in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This project aims to empower adolescents and youth, particularly girls, to exert greater control over their sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) decision-making and address the factors that drive CEFM with the support of their families and communities, including faith leaders. This project also empowers girls and young women to protect themselves from COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts.

Project activities include:

(1) strengthening health systems’ capacity to provide gender-responsive, COVID-19 and adolescent-friendly SRHR and psychosocial support services, including for CEFM, for unmarried and married adolescents girls; (2) improving sexual education for adolescent girls in and out of school, focusing on building decision-making, communication and risk reduction related to SRHR, sexual and gender-based violence, and CEFM; (3) enhancing adolescent girls and young women’s leadership capacity to challenge harmful gender norms and practices that impact SRHR; (4) empowering women’s organizations, men’s groups, faith/traditional leaders, and child protection influencers to address gender roles, cultural barriers and negative CEFM consequences; and (5) supporting families and communities to be COVID-19 responsive, while building the community’s capacity and the health care system to provide gender-responsive and adolescent-friendly information and services on COVID-19 prevention. The project expects to directly benefit over 200,000 adolescent boys and girls (of which 110,000 girls/women) and indirectly benefit more than 1,400,000 people.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Adolescent males
Total Direct Population: 200,000
Total Indirect Population: 1,400,000
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved access to quality, gender-responsible and adolescent-friendly SRHR and psychosocial support services; (2) enhanced decision-making of married and unmarried adolescents, particularly girls, over their sexual and reproductive health and factors that contribute to their CEFM; and (3) strengthened and sustained community advocacy capacity in project areas to support, promote and sustain an adolescent-friendly, gender-responsive and CEFM-free environment for adolescents and youth, particularly girls.

Achieved Results


  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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