Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment . . . 

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world.Almost two-thirds of the women between 20 and 24 were married before the age 18, according to a national survey by Plan Bangladesh and ICDDR,B in 2013.The negative impact of child marriage is acknowledge worldwide and consequently there are a host of policies and programmes that focus strongly on its prevention.

Married Adolescent in Bangladesh 

65% of Bangladeshi girls are married off before the age of 18 and approximately one third of women aged 20 to 24 were married off by the age of 15 ( UNICEF )

240 women in every 100,000 live birth die from pregnancy related cause ( UNDP 2013 ) 

It is necessary to protect child rights of girls who have already entered marriage. Through my photo project I would like to show the present condition about the early married girls, especially  their daily life activates and the married girls empowering through the Image Project. The project titled Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowement (IMAGE) aims to ensure a life with dignity for early married girls in Bangladesh by improving their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights ( SRHR ).In this context, IMAGE working for married adolescent girl’s empowerment.

Effect of Child-marriage

Maternal Mortality during childbirth

Child-Mortality

Post-natal Complication

Unable to continue Education

Isolation and lack of Social Visibility

Unable to engage in Income Generating Activities


Young married girls are more likely to drop out of school and, consequently, miss opportunities in gainful employment later in life. Teenage pregnancy, before the age of physical maturity, increases the risk of birth complications and giving birth to a low-birth-weight baby, which is closely linked to child stunting.

The power imbalance between young brides and their husbands make girls more susceptible to domestic violence and other risks. Overall, early marriage keeps young brides and their children from reaching their full physical, economic, and social potential.
 

I try to shown my photo story as well as married girls aware of their rights, health condition, social position and their empowering in our society in Bangladesh.I think, in my depth storytelling to make concern and aware world wide audience and policy maker. 

I have been blessed that time and working on this project, the world has started to take notice of the importance of addressing Child Marriage and their human rights.Now there are conferences and gatherings where grassroots organization gather to talk about the issue.To me its quite lovely in that respect through Image Project.

 
Notes: The project, a work-in-progress . . .

 

Salina Audio:

Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Salina 19 , Married at the age of 16. She said after her marriage suffer more like health complication, sexual relation.So need to stop the child marriage and empowering the girl’s who suffer more . She educated herself and pass the SSC exam. Now she works as a school teacher in the village of Ramchandrapure. Gaibandha, Bangladesh. Photo: Monirul Alam
Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Rupali Begum 20, She read in class seven after that she married. She was not wanted as early married but her family do it. She said married girl suffer many complication. She lives with her father’s house. Her husband works abroad. They have two children. Photo: Monirul Alam
Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Mazada Khatun 19 , When she was 17 she married to Md Samiul. She said after my marriage I suffer health complication with my eye problem. I think need to change child marriage system. Mazada doing house hold work to support her family. Photo: Monirul Alam
Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Hawoa 18, married at the age of 16. She divorce to her husband Sabuj, because Sabuj is a drug addicted person and not doing anything, presently Hawoa live with her child in her father’s house, She wanted to work and established herself. Photo: Monirul Alam
Hawoa Audio :

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The Bangladesh government endorsed in draft law on 25 November, 2016 for preventing child marriage fixing 18 years as the minimum age for girls to get married but kept a provision for special circumstances under which girls below the age could tie the knot. Women and rights bodies demanded cancellation of the provision terming it contrary to the very law that has been proposed. According to the draft, men 21 and above could get married and if either the groom or the bride or both are below 21 and 18, it would be considered a child marriage and an offence. [ News Published on 26 November 2016 The Daily Star ] 

World’s Forth Tree Man . . . 

Abul Bajandar, 25 years old is the fourth man in the world with the tree man illness, a rare skin disorder caused by a virus named human papillomaviruses awaits treatment at the Dhaka Medical College, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 08 February 2016. © Monirul Alam

Abul Bajandar, 25, is the fourth man in the world with the tree man illness, a rare skin disorder caused by a virus named human papillomaviruses.

According to information found in the Internet, a Romanian man was first diagnosed with the disease in March 2007. Another case was reported in Indonesia in November the same year in a 35-year-old fisherman. The last reported case also occurred in the same region of Indonesia in 2009.

“I need assistance for all my daily tasks from eating to using the toilet,” said Abul . His mother and wife now take care of him every day. “The heavy weight almost tears down my arms and the pain increases when I move my limbs.” 

“I have seen this case for the first time in Bangladesh,” said Dr Sen, noted physician and coordinator of the Burn & Plastic Surgery Unit. 
Abul, who married in 2011 and fathered a three-year-old daughter, soon lost all functions of his hand and had to give up his job as a van driver. The last time we went to India, doctors said we have to do surgery and referred us to Vellore in Madras. But we could not afford the treatment there which would take about Tk 5 lakh,” said Abul.
“We may not be able to provide him with an absolute cure, but perhaps we can at least try to make his hands functional,” said Dr Sen, after he, his team and another plastic surgeon from Chittagong examined Abul on Saturday morning.

He said he would contact other plastic surgeons of the country and set a five-member medical board on Sunday to decide about the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of Abul’s medical case, which would be completely free of cost.

According to the Dermnet, New Zealand, known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis [also called Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia] is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder, which means that two abnormal EV genes, one from each parent, are needed to have the disease.
According to Amena Begum, no-one in Abul’s maternal or paternal family had ever such conditions.

Till date no cure has been found. The Indonesian fisherman whose case received worldwide attention, had gained some mobility through surgery, but the warts began to reappear afterwards. [ edited]

World Aids Day in Bangladesh 

 

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01 DEC, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi transsexuals pose for a photograph in front of a Osmani Seminar Hall on the occasion of the World Aids Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 01 December 2015. According to latest government figures, a total of 3,241 HIV-positive patients have been identified in Bangladesh since 1989, among who 1,299 became AIDS patients and 472 died while the UN estimates the number to be between even higher, between 8,000 and 16,000. © Monirul Alam 

Pet Dog Display in Dhaka

 

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Nov. 25, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – A pet lover hold his dog it’s an American Pit Bull dog, during the Pet Dog display exhibition at the National Press Club in the Dhaka city. The National Salvation Movement organization organized thes pet dog display exhibation,they said these pet dog exhibition held first time in Bangladesh,at list 45 spices dogs national and international displayed on this exhibition. Number of dog lover and people visit thes exhibation and enjoy it. 

 Violence Against Women  

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Nov. 25, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Women activists protest demanding elimination of violence against women on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in front of Central Shaid Minar in Dhaka.Recent global prevalence figures (WHO) indicate that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. In 2013, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) with support from UNFPA released a national survey of violence against women that found that 87 percent of ever married women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime with 77 percent reporting violence in the past 12 months. 

I am Deathless . . . 

“I am eternal, I am deathless. After this body falls, do not think that everything will come to an end. I will live in the hearts of all living beings in my subtle astral form. Whoever will seek my refuge, will always receive my Grace.” 
– Baba Lokenth 

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Lokenath Divine Life Mission  seeks a world where individuals are relieved of crippling, self-created illusion of dependence; where individuals are conscious of their inner resources and learn to overcome poverty, to live with dignity and self-reliance.
Baba Lokenath Brahmachari was born in 1730 (the date of Birth is dipped in controversy) in the district of presently Barasat and in the village named Chaurasi Chakla a few miles to the North of the city of Kolkata, India.
At the age of 11, young Lokenath left home with his guru. He visited Kalighat Temple in Kolkata and then lived in the forests for 25 years, selflessly serving his master and practicing the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali along with the most difficult Hatha Yoga. After this he travelled to the Himalayas where he meditated in the nude for nearly five decades. Finally, he attained enlightenment at the age of ninety.
After his enlightenment he traveled extensively on foot to Afghanistan, Persia, Arabia and Israel, making three pilgrimages to Mecca. When he came to the small town Baradi near Dhaka, Bangladesh. A wealthy family built him a small hermitage, which became his ashram.There he accepted the sacred thread of the Brahmins and clothed himself in saffron robes. For the rest of his life he performed miracles and gave divine wisdom to all who came to him to seek his blessings. He received the title Baba.
On the 19th day of Jaistha, 1297 (1st June, 1890), Sunday, at 11:45 am, Baba Lokenath was meditating when he went into a trance with his eyes open, and while still in meditation, left his physical body forever. He was aged 160. He had made a promise before his death:
An annual festival in remembrance of Lokenath is held every year by millions of devotees and followers, in many ashrams and in millions of households through worship, keertan, Tasha,food offerings and in many other religious ways on the 19th day of the Hindu month of Jyaishtha.

 

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Portrait | Mehjabin 

 

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Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh | 13, November,2015

Every Day Life: A Bangladeshi populer model and actress Mehjabin attend the Prothom Alo 17 anniversary event at the Bangla Academy premises in the Dhaka city on 13 November, 2015. Hundreds of readers on Friday thronged the Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka to take part part in the fanfare of the 17th founding anniversary celebrations of Prothom Alo newspaper.

কেবল দৃশ্যের জন্ম হয় . . .

এখানে কেবল দৃশ্যের জন্ম হয় ! অচেনা পথিক—মরে যাওয়া কাঁশফুল আর গোয়ালে ফেরা গরুর দল । হেমন্ত শুকিয়ে গেছে —সেই কবে ! অথচ—সূযর্্যাস্তের দিকে তাকিয়ে থাকি । আকাশের ওপারে দাঁড় কাক কথা কয় ! অতপর আমরা এক, দুই, তিন ফিরে চলি—আমাদের কাবে্যর ঘরে . . . 
 

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