If the girl child manages to overcome health issues and gets a basic education, it is unlikely she will escape child marriage — in the region, 1 in 2 girls are married before the age of Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage at 52 percent, followed by India at 47 percent, Nepal at 37 percent, and Afghanistan at 33 percent. Although Bhutan is a middle-income country, it still has a high rate of women giving birth before the age of Huge disparities by region, caste, class, and income affect the use of maternal and child health services in South Asia. The young age at which many girls first become pregnant — combined with their poor education, inadequate decision-making power and poor control over resources — means that many enter pregnancy ill-equipped to support healthy foetal growth and subsequently raise a healthy child.
South Asia's 'disposable women'
Gender equality | UNICEF South Asia
Sometimes our greatest insecurities lie within our greatest assets. While our white-American peers are risking skin cancer from skipping on the sun-block, some South Asian girls turn to harmful skin-lightening creams. No woman should feel the need to rely on a list to validate her sense of beauty. Regardless, hearing other perspectives can serve as a gentle reminder that there is beauty in everything. Below are qualities that survey respondents admired in South Asian women. Considering most South Asian-Americans are born to immigrant parents, they usually have strong ties with their cultural roots.
Violence and harassment: South Asian women fight against patriarchy
Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence. Sakhi is committed to serving survivors through a combination of efforts including—but not limited to—direct services, advocacy and organizing, technical assistance, and community outreach. Our Queens office will launch in January , and our Brooklyn office will open in Spring In an effort