Bangladesh promises more opportunities for women to participate, and an end to child marriage by 2041

Through continued commitment to work towards the social, economic, and political empowerment of women and girls, including in higher education, Bangladesh pledges to create more opportunities for women to participate in politics, business and government. It will act to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women, and foster a safer environment for women and girls to thrive as agents of change, in part through eliminating child marriage by 2041. The country will maintain efforts around maternal health and nutrition, and increase skilled birth attendance. Speaking at the Global Leaders' Meeting on 27 September 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “The Sustainable Development Agenda offers us added impetus to bring positive change in the lives of our women and girls. We should seize this opportunity.” [Speech]