This year, Bangladesh passed a new law stating that the consent of a child under 18 is no longer required for a marriage to occur as long as the parents of the couple as well as judicial courts rule that the marriage "is in the best interest of the underaged female or male."As many human rights groups consider this to be a huge step backwards for the rights of children, calls for better education and increased legal intervention from foreign humanitarian groups are prevalent. However, that's exactly what the problem is. These groups are foreign. They need to understand what is fundamentally plaguing the struggling Asian nation. Bangladesh's GDP per capita is less than $1,500, around bottom 20% globally (see source KNOEMA). This naturally leads to starvation and malnutrition. According to the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, 56% of Bangladeshi children are significantly underweight. With an economy so insufficient, how can you expect the people to gain from an education and a legal system when they can barely feed themselves? If you watch documentaries and other media on the issue, you will see interviews where mothers are complaining about how they are unable to feed their children and they view child marriage as a way to make more food available to the remaining members of their family. They also sometimes express hopes that perhaps the child's new family will treat him/her (usually her) better that his/her original family ever could. This usually doesn't occur because, as previously mentioned, the Bangladeshi economy is very, very weak in general. Therefore, while I do believe that child marriage is a very serious issue, I also believe that it is really a byproduct of extreme poverty more so than oppressive mysogynic sentiments. Would it not be more effective for humanitarian groups to instead encourage the Bangladeshi government to focus more on measures to benefit the nation's finances (i.e. attracting manufacturing, augmenting exports of natural resources, etc.)? Wouldn't the increased national wealth from these actions help families improve their living standards and therefore decrease their reliance on child marriage as a way to save money?
Mar 8, 2019
Dr. Kristen blasey ford is a 52-year-old woman who went to medical school and taught at one of the top universities in the united states, Stanford University. She accused judge Brett kavanaugh of sexual assault when he was nominated to serve on the highest court of the land, the supreme court. When she made the accusations against kavanaugh she contacted her congresswomen as well as the Washington Post. She made it very clear that she wanted her identity to stay anonymous. Ford met with her senator and the senator was convinced that for was very credible. Ford initially made it very clear she did not want her identity public but eventually it became public and she was sworn in and told her recollection of her assault. This time in history is incredible for women. The me too movement supports women victims of sexual violence and women have come together to support other women to make it known they are not alone. In light of theme too movement lots of women have come out to tell their stories. I believe Brett Kavanaugh's testimony alone showed that he was unfit to be on the supreme court. He showed uncontrollable anger and seem very irrational. Someone in that position should be able to control their emotion. He did not appear as credible. High school boys should know assaulting girls is not okay and should affect their lives including careers.