News on Child marriage

12 February 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York/Beirut, Lebanon – Standing several inches shy of her middle-aged groom’s shoulder, the 12-year-old bride, outfitted in a child-size white wedding gown and veil, stiffly clutches a small bouquet... Read more
16 March 2015
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NATIONS UNIES, New York –  « La culture ne devrait pas nous exclure, mais au contraire nous placer au centre de la société », explique Betty Naisenya Lolgisoi, une activiste kenyane, lors d’une rencontre sur l’... Read more
5 February 2016
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NABATIEH, Lebanon – In late 2013, Haneen, now 14, fled Syria with her parents and 10 siblings. As her family made its way to the Turkish border, her father sustained injuries that left him paralyzed. Fearing he could no... Read more
13 April 2015
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Les 10 faits suivants témoignent des énormes progrès accomplis à l’échelle du globe, même s’il reste du chemin à parcourir. © UNFPA/Anna Adhikari
NATIONS UNIES, New York – Les dirigeants du monde entier ont ouvert aujourd’hui la 48e session de la Commission de la population et du développement. Dans le cadre de cet événement, ils dresseront le bilan du... Read more
7 January 2016
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Micheline Yotoudjim (left), a fistula survivor, helps other women with obstetric fistula through the treatment process. Here, she sits with a woman at the National Centre for Fistula Treatment in N'Djamena, Chad. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
N’DJAMENA, Chad – Like many child brides, Micheline Yotoudjim suffered terribly after she was married. She was married off at age 14, became pregnant at 16, and then experienced a prolonged, obstructed labour. Her baby... Read more
14 December 2015
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Throughout her adolescence, Gina* was pressured to leave school and get married. Today, she is a youth advocate, working to promote the rights and well-being of other young girls. © Observatory for Children’s Rights
KORÇA, Albania – “When I was sixth grade, my mother used to say, very often, ‘Finish this year, and do not go to school anymore’,” said Gina,* a youth advocate from the marginalized Roma community in Albania. In many... Read more
25 November 2015
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Violence against women takes place in every country and community in the world. Syrian women participate in a session on gender-based violence in Damascus. © UNFPA Syria/Hamada Smesem
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. It happens every day, in every region, country and community on the planet, sometimes in plain sight... Read more
23 November 2015
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Nargis, a midwife, provides family planning counselling in Herat, Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan/Ahmadullah Amarkhil
HERAT, Afghanistan – "It is better to have one child rather than many, so you can give your child the support he needs and the best education you can offer," said Farzana, 37, at the family planning centre in Herat city... Read more
18 November 2015
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Seila, 16, is pregnant with her first child. She dropped out of school to work on her family's farm in Tbong Khmum Province. © UNFPA Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – At 16 years old, Svet is struggling with the challenges of motherhood. Having dropped out of school after grade 4, she had not received any information about sexual and reproductive health, family... Read more
17 November 2015
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Girls in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, attend a life skills course. © Cavoequiva
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire – AD’s* nightmare began when her parents died. “My uncle decided to marry me off against my will. I refused and ran away,” she said. AD sought help from her brother-in-law, “but he asked me to... Read more

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