Wedding Busters Shorna Shahida Akter

2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
October 22, 2014

Shorna Shahida Akter was 14 when her family arranged for her to be married; in her native Bangladesh, 66% of all girls are married before their eighteenth birthday. Akter explains how, armed with knowledge she acquired from a human rights organization, she convinced her mother of the dangers of child marriage. After she successfully stopped her own marriage, Akter tells the audience how she and her fellow “Wedding Busters” have created child-marriage free-zones in more than 90 villages in Bangladesh, with the ultimate goal of abolishing the practice completely.