Shamima: A Leader For Change In Mymensingh

July 22, 2015

Shamima is making the impossible possible.


Shamima Jahan, 55, lives in a remote region of Bangladesh. She used to consider herself just an ordinary housewife, but is now considered a transformed community worker.

After attending The Hunger Project’s women’s leadership development training session, Shamima began by launching a group committed to improving the community. She wanted to fight the prevalent gender discrimination, empower women  and do the seemingly impossible: end child marriage.

As the leader of the group, Shamima motivated her peers insisting that positive change would not be possible without collective initiatives. With Shamima’s determination and will, they committed themselves to improving their community and halting child marriage.

In 2014, through the leadership of Shamima, three more self-help groups were created, five child marriages were halted, 36 courtyard meetings were facilitated and four community-based campaigns were organized.

Shamima’s community has now declared itself a child marriage-free area.


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