News on Child marriage

2 April 2014
XESACMALJA, Guatemala - The tiny town of Xesacmalja, four hours west of the capital, Guatemala City, is nestled between pine forests and surrounded by streams. The streets are usually quiet in this poor Mayan village,... Read more
17 January 2013
Ethiopia's work with adolescent girls has garnered first prize in a Fund-wide contest to identify good practices related to adolescents and youth. Criteria included relevance (to UNFPA's strategic plan), innovation (in... Read more
15 November 2012
In the News
"We know maternal health medicines are safe, we know they’re effective, we know they’re essential to keeping women healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth," said Kristy Kade at the Wilson Center on October 23. But... Read more
1 February 2013
Four 'good practice' reports, commissioned by UNFPA, suggest that a holistic approach to changing social norms, involving dialogue among all community members, works best to discourage female genital mutilation or... Read more
10 October 2012
TULEAR, Madagascar – Madagascar has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with devastating effects on the lives of the girls affected. For instance, Alphonsine, now 35, was married off in a... Read more
16 July 2012
ADDIS ABABA -- UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin today called on African First Ladies to use their positions and voices to stop early child marriage and teenage pregnancy. In a speech read on his behalf... Read more
6 January 2010
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Years of conflict and instability mean the Democratic Republic of Congo is still among the worst countries in the world to be pregnant, despite a nationwide push to improve... Read more
10 May 2002
UNITED NATIONS, New York - An expert panel warned today that early marriage truncates many life opportunities for girls, violating their human rights and often negatively impacting their health. The experts, gathered to... Read more
11 July 2003
KABUL—“If my parents tried to force me to marry, I would refuse,” declared Zohal, 16, as her fellow students nodded in agreement. The Afghan teenagers had just heard government leaders say that early marriage closes... Read more
21 February 2005
KANO, Nigeria— Fatima was 14-years-old when she married. Soon after, she fell pregnant. “I was in labour for six days,” said Fatima, who eventually gave birth to a stillborn baby. “For six days I did not pass stool or... Read more