I am Saima, a national panel member of Youth For Change Bangladesh, working to uphold rights and any positive change in the society. To me, peace means walking alone in any street anywhere in the city or the village without being afraid. A place where any incident of rape, eve-teasing, gender based prejudices are non-existent.
As a part of my work and passion, I have been able to convey my opinions to related policy makers of my country. It is a significant memory for me. The government of Bangladesh has been passed the Child Marriage Restraint Act (CMRA) 2017 with a special clause. It is mentioned in the special clause of the bill, “On special situations, thinking about the best need of the minors, if marriage is given by the consent of parents, guardians and the Court, then it will not be called illegal or an offence.” Rights groups fear without an age limit in these cases, underage children could be married off and there were ample scopes of misusing the act because of the special cause.
As youth activists, we take the stand that clear guidelines should be enacted to stop child marriage. I along with the Young Change Makers’ Coalition in Bangladesh talked with media and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Bangladesh. NHRC took a step for preparing an extended draft rules of CMRA 2017 by the direct result of advocacy done by YFC and YCMC with considering the recommendation of youth. I believe that this is a great advancement in the field of youth lead advocacy for stopping child marriage.
I feel great to raising my voice against child marriage that influence living with peace.