News on Child marriage

22 September 2017
News
Svitlana Tavantseva counsels survivors of violence in Ukraine. Too often, she says, women are shamed rather than perpetrators. © UNFPA Ukraine/Maks Levin
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women continues to be the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. Roughly one in three women experience physical or sexual assault in her lifetime – and this... Read more
6 September 2017
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Faith (centre) with her friends Sylvia (right) and Vivian, who all ran away from home to avoid female genital mutilation and child marriage. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
NAIKARRA, Kenya – “I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained... Read more
5 September 2017
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Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang speaks with a midwife during her antenatal check-up at the Kiir Mayardit Women's Hospital in Rumbek. ©UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano
RUMBEK, South Sudan – Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms.... Read more
9 August 2017
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Edma teaches girls the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves, stay in school and demand their rights. © UNFPA/Helene Christensen
NAMPULA CITY, Mozambique – “Some adolescent girls will leave school to marry for money,” 21-year-old Edma told UNFPA. “Some are engaging in unsafe sexual behaviours, unaware of the risks and their rights.” Edma sees... Read more
3 August 2017
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En general, las complicaciones relacionadas con el embarazo son la principal causa de muerte entre las niñas de entre 15 y 19 años. Fotografía de Lucy Tomasino
AHUACHAPÁN, El Salvador – "Podría haber muerto el día en que nació mi hijo", dijo Evelyn *, que quedó embarazada cuando tenía sólo 13 años. Su embarazo fue complicado y pasó la mayor parte del tiempo en la cama y con... Read more
28 July 2017
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Women participate in a community discussion about ending practices that are harmful to women and girls. In this session, they are talking about child marriage. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Meron Negash
BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ, Ethiopia – Three times, Abebech Kabla has given birth alone in the woods. Each time, she thought she might die. The first time, she was only 13 years old, a year into her marriage. “Even after giving... Read more
25 April 2017
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Las jovenes que viven en estas áreas rurales de Guatemala suelen recorrer grandes distancias para ir al colegio, un factor que influye en la alta tasa de deserción escolar. Las bicicletas ayudan a que ellas continúan sus estudios. © UNFPA/Alejandro De León
CHISEC, Guatemala – Al igual que muchas otras niñas de Pecajbá, en Guatemala, Gladys Azucena Cho Cuc se vio obligada a abandonar sus estudios al momento de llegar a la secundaria. Su escuela sencillamente estaba... Read more
14 July 2017
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A young woman at a fistula-repair campaign in Batouri, Cameroon. Obstetric fistula is a life-altering childbirth injury that afflicts the world's most marginalized women. But it can be repaired – and prevented. © UNFPA Cameroon/Olive Bonga
BATOURI, Cameroon – Amina was married when she was just a child. Soon after, she became pregnant, and, at only 13 years old, she went into labour. As is the case with many girls her age, Amina’s body was not mature... Read more
14 June 2017
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Access to contraceptives helped Hajja Fati finish her education. © UNFPA Nigeria/Kori Habib
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Despite the recent return of dozens of girls abducted by the insurgent group Boko Haram, the crisis in northern Nigeria remains acute, with mass movements  of civilian populations within the country... Read more
2 June 2017
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Health workers in Serbia receive UNFPA-provided medical supplies. UNFPA is supporting sexual and reproductive health care for refugees and migrants, but many women are not prioritizing their health. © UNFPA
SID, Serbia – Aliah*, a 28-year-old woman from Afghanistan, took an unusually brave step in April: She spoke with candour about her sexual and reproductive health needs at a workshop in Sid, a town in north-western... Read more

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