News on Child marriage

10 June 2015
News
“Sometimes, when the others are not at home, I read my old school books and hold my baby and cry,” said Komal, who was forced to drop out of school and get married at age 16. © UNFPA/Rajat Ray
MADHYA PRADESH/RAJASTHAN, India – “I was 16 and never missed a day at school,” recalled Komal, who was forced to drop out of school and become a child bride. “I had to leave it all as my parents had bartered me for a... Read more
8 June 2015
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Sophie stands in front of the Namwera Health Centre, where she attends Safeguard Young People programmes and activities. © UNFPA Malawi/ Hope Ngwira
Mangochi, Malawi – In 2010, when Sophie was just 13 years old, her elder sister suddenly and tragically died. Sophie’s world was shattered: She was forced to drop out of school and return home to care for her six... Read more
29 April 2015
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Asma with her friends at the women’s safe space. “I am happy in the sewing session,” she said. “My teacher is from the same place I came from. We speak the same language and share the same memories.” © UNFPA/Shayda Hesammi
ERBIL, Iraq – When 39-year-old Asma crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, all she could think about was the son she was leaving behind. “It was the worst day of my life – worse than all the shooting and attacks in... Read more
11 March 2015
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A girl peeks from her one-room shelter in an informal settlment for Syrian refugees in   Al-Marj, Lebanon. Desperation has pushed some Syrian refugee families to see child   marriage as a way to relieve economic pressures. © UNFPA/ David Brunetti
CHOUEIFAT, Lebanon – When Hiam, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, learned her parents wanted her to marry a complete stranger, she felt helpless. But she saw a way out after hearing of a UNFPA-supported... Read more
14 February 2015
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School girls say #IDONT. Photo shared by Action Health Incorporated, a Nigeria-based youth organization.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – This Valentine’s Day young people around the world are harnessing the power of social media to raise their voice against child marriage. New estimates show that, this year alone, 13.5 million... Read more
4 October 2012
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KABUL —Freshta, con quince años, ha logrado huir del matrimonio que la habría unido a un hombre con más del doble de su edad. A cambio, no obstante, ha sido expulsada de su hogar. Además, vive con la angustia de que su... Read more
9 June 2010
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — "A la edad de nueve años soñaba con ser abogada", confesó Viviana Palacios, de 23 años y procedente de Colombia, ante un auditorio abarrotado durante la segunda jornada de la Conferencia de Women... Read more
9 October 2012
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KAPILVASTU, Nepal—Bijay Laxmi tiene 15 años; lleva casada desde los 11. En unos meses se mudará con la familia de su marido, a quien no conoce. Allí se dedicará a cocinar, limpiar, cuidar del ganado y, muy probablemente... Read more
14 May 2013
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Casi el 40 por ciento de los 14 millones de guatemaltecos, pertenecen a uno de los más de 20 grupos indígenas mayas. Un número desproporcionado vive en zonas rurales pobres y aisladas, con limitado acceso a los... Read more
15 October 2014
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DAMASCUS, Syria – “No girls want this life,” said Nour,* a 12-year-old girl from Aleppo, Syria, who was married to a 30-year-old man earlier this year. “Teenage Syrian girls are being forced into early marriages to... Read more

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