Health Desk--30 Aug’18: Sajeda Akhter, an intermediate student of Barguna Government College, foiled a total of 107 child marriages risking her life in Barguna district.
Sajeda has decided her destination to change the society with stopping such early marriages.
She is a daughter of a rickshaw-puller. This brave girl felt to stop early marriage after witnessing deaths of many girls while giving birth to babies as well as her own sister’s agony in marriage life. This college girl then started reading health-related newspapers, listening radios and talking with health workers in a bid to know the adverse impact of child marriage.
Being informed about the adverse impact of child marriage, she involved herself in the noble cause of stopping child marriages and consequently earned ‘International Children Peace Prize’ for her contribution towards protecting child rights.
Sajeda started working with Plan International in 2007 and became member of its child unit in 2009. The organisation made her president of local unit seeing her organisational capacities. She has also become member of Kishore-Kishore (teenagers’) club at her village.
To a question, Sajeda said, “People, who were against my activities, are now giving supports to carry out my activities.”
Deputy Commissioner of Barguna said, “Sajeda has set a rare example for the society with her activities. Many dropped out children have returned to their classes due to her initiatives.”