News on Child marriage

12 August 2015
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Participants at a session of the Young Women’s Leadership Programme (YWLP). Through this programme, they will identify issues in their communities, then devise practical, effective solutions. © Youth First
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – “I used to tell young people to stand up for their ideas,” said Tiana Razafinimanana, in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Today, she is not only helping the country’s young people... Read more
10 August 2015
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Fatima Abdi Ali (right) with other young people. Ms. Abdi Ali, 21, serves on the country's Youth Advisory Panel, promoting the role of young people in establishing a sustainable peace in Somalia. © Y-Peer Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Fatima Abdi Ali, 21, belongs to a very small minority of game-changers: young women activists pushing for progress in Somalia. Somalia’s youth face an uphill struggle. More than 75 per cent of the... Read more
4 August 2015
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Girls in Mokolo, Cameroon, perform a traditional dance. Women and girls in the country's Far North region face a host of barriers to critical health information and care. © UNFPA Cameroon
MOKOLO, Cameroon – Conditions are often harrowing for women and girls in Cameroon’s Far North Region. Violence, child marriage and maternal death are all too familiar experiences in this part of the country. But these... Read more
10 June 2015
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“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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KABOUL — Freshta, 15 ans, a échappé au mariage avec un homme deux fois plus âgé qu’elle. Mais elle a été chassée de chez elle et s’inquiète pour sa petite sœur qui pourrait avoir le destin qui lui était réservé. « J’ai... Read more
9 June 2010
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — « Lorsque j’avais neuf ans, je rêvais de devenir avocate », déclare Viviana Palacios, une jeune Colombienne de 23 ans, devant une salle comble lors de la deuxième journée de la conférence de l’... Read more

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