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Adolescents (10 to 19 years) make up around 21 per cent of the population of Bangladesh.  Typically, adolescence is not recognised as a transitional, formative phase of life, but rather is considered as a dramatic shift from childhood to adulthood that takes place at the onset of puberty.

The situation of adolescent girls in Bangladesh mirrors that of adult women. It is characterised by inequality and subordination within the family and society. Adolescent boys face other challenges, including poor nutrition, injury, child labour, violence, exploitation, and abuse.

Early marriage
74 per cent of girls are married before the age of 18.  Over one third of girls are married before the age of 15.

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Current HIV prevalence is low, at less than 0.1 per cent.

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Abuse and exploitation
Trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation continue to threaten the rights and wellbeing of adolescents in Bangladesh.

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Crime and violence
Current systems fail to protect child victims of violence and children in conflict with the law.

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