Are climate challenges reinforcing child and forced marriage and dowry as adaptation strategies in the context of Bangladesh?

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This paper outlines the link between child and forced marriage, dowry and climate changes in Bangladesh. Drawing on a three year research study on the gendered impacts of climate change, we argue that climate crises are creating significant economic hardships. This has led to dowry being viewed by the families of young men as a form of capital accumulation. For the families of girls, dowry has become a significant burden, a burden that increases with the age of the girl. We argue that the economic crises created by climate challenges are leading to an increase in child and forced marriages because the dowry is cheaper. We conclude that attention to climate challenges must take a much broader focus on social consequences in order to protect the human rights of women and girls in vulnerable communities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137 - 144
Number of pages8
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Volume47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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