Bangladesh Girl Guides Association is one of the Member Organisations taking part in our new Nutrition Programme

About girls in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a young country with youth constituting the largest percentage of the country’s population, half of whom are girls and young women. 

The majority of girls in Bangladesh speak Bengali and are Muslims. Most girls live in rural areas where the main source of employment is agriculture.

Access to primary education is almost universal. In fact, more girls go to primary and secondary school than boys. However, as girls get older their access to education and employment decreases. 

Girls are more likely to drop out of secondary school due to early marriage and their representation in decision making is limited. Only one in five parliament positions are held by women.

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What do girls eat in Bangladesh?

Bangladesh is the land of fish and rice! Together with vegetables and lentils (dal), they form part of the staple diet. 

Spices are used to give food flavour, colour and a lovely smell. Breads like naan, porota and roti are also eaten. 

As a Muslim country, Halal food practices are observed. Bengali desserts, snacks and tea are also widely consumed.

Nutrition in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is experiencing a range of malnutrition challenges including eating too little, not eating enough vitamins and minerals and diseases caused by poor nutrition. 

Over 40 per cent of women, aged 15 to 49 do not receive enough iron in their diets. This leaves them feeling tired and lacking the energy they need to be the best they can be.

Poverty and gender inequality are major causes of malnutrition. 

Families with little income will struggle to get access to adequate, varied food and may lack knowledge about nutritious foods. 

Girls’ vulnerability to child marriage, early motherhood and limited educational and employment opportunities also puts them at higher risk of suffering from malnutrition.

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