“My father told me that you have to get married this time, whatever you say. He got me married in such a hurry, he didn’t ask a lot of questions. Just like you got a chicken from the market and you have to cook it tonight.” Brishti, 14, Bangladesh
Watch Brishti tell her story of child marriage in a new TakePart mini-documentary.
Like many in Bangladesh, floods caused by climate change led to the destruction of Brishti’s family home and livelihood. What is less expected, is that climate change would lead to her marriage to an older man, as his second wife.
We’ve joined with TakePart and the Thomas Reuters Foundation, to share an exclusive, in-depth film, Hidden Connections, which explores the link between climate change and child marriage.
The film follows Brishti and Razia, two young girls in Dhaka, one already married and one pressured to become a bride, after their families’ homes and farms were lost to river erosion. Hidden Connections relies on intimate access to their lives, friends and family to illustrate how increased flooding is impacting social norms, women’s progress and their very survival.
Find out more and watch the film now
In Bangladesh, climate change has led to deepening levels of poverty and thirty percent of girls are married before their 15th birthday. Children forced into marriage so young are at increased risk of slavery, as they are vulnerable to coercion then exploitation, with no easy way out.
But Bangladesh is not the only country struggling with these two complex, interconnected issues. Some of the countries with the highest rates of child marriage, like Niger, are also vulnerable to extreme climate change. One of our current campaigns addresses forced child marriage in Niger, where 76 percent of girls are married before the age of 18.
Watch the video, then take action by signing our petition calling on Niger to end child marriage.
Zoe, Joanna, Nora and the Walk Free Team