In Bangladesh, much progress has been made to protect and promote adolescent girls and girl children's rights in recent times. However, girls are found in continuous victimization of violence, deprivation of basic human needs and rights worldwide. In light of International Women’s Day, on March 8th, and this year’s theme, “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures,” this paper sheds light on Bangladeshi street girls and the unique form of discrimination they are subjected to, and proposes solutions.
The paper begins by delineating the conceptual framework behind the study, defining street girls and children, and elaborating on the theme, “Connecting Girls and Inspiring Futures.” The author moves on to cite the core objective of understanding the relationship between society and street girls in the context of Dhaka City, the capital. Methodology is also discussed, followed by a review of the literature used for the study.
The author makes a number of theoretical connections, and sheds light on the current situation of girls in the country, from various perspectives, including human rights. The adversities street girls face are also described, ranging from adult exploitation and health risks to violence and trafficking. Finally, the author concludes by putting forward a number of policy recommendations some of which are:
including girls in the decision-making process is crucial for overall development
intervening to protect vulnerable girls from abuse, and helping victims, is now deemed key
rehabilitating street girls, by providing shelter and employment, is a quick, effective way to induct them to mainstream society
violence and gender bias also need to be eradicated from homes, if policies are to have long-term impact
rural development is now imperative to lessen rural-urban migration, and thus the number of street girls and children