Hidden Connections: Climate Change, Poverty and Child Marriage

Across the world, climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters. The environmental, economic and social impacts of these environmental disasters are felt the worst by those living within impoverished and hazardous areas. In Bangladesh, the increased severity of floods, cyclones and droughts puts rural families at risk, forcing them to migrate to the city of Dhaka in search of new opportunities. As millions continue to face impoverishment, the likelihood of families marrying their young daughters out of economic necessity increases.

The far-reaching consequences of climate change are worst felt by women and girls, who represent the majority of those living in poverty. Hidden Connections, a digital video series co-produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and TakePart, unveils the individual stories of young women facing displacement, dispossession and notably, child marriage in Bangladesh and beyond.

In a three-part video series, Hidden Connections provides a look into the lives of two teenage Bangladeshi girls, Brishti and Razia, whose stories illustrate the impacts of climate change on economic well-being, food security and women’s access to marriage and education.

Check out Hidden Connections to read and share their stories.