Hidden Connections: Climate Change and Child Marriage, Part 1
Meet Bristhi and Razia from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Brishti is 14 years old and works in a garment factory. Her husband’s family has thrown her out because her father hasn’t paid her dowry. Razia is 14 and works as a maid. She lives with her parents but her father worries neighbors will see her talking with boys. He wants her married before her prospects are ruined. Both girls are from families who lost their homes to river erosion. They moved from villages to the city when longer droughts and increased flooding made farming impossible.
As climate change intensifies, more and more Bangladeshis are migrating from villages into Dhaka in search of work.
In Part One of this Hidden Connections series, we explore two seemingly unrelated facts: Bangladesh is among the countries that are most vulnerable to climate change; and about 30 percent of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday. Discover how climate change is causing social change — and moving things backwards for many girls in Bangladesh from the mouths of people experiencing this themselves.