News on Child marriage

13 April 2017
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Education is helping young people combat Zambia's high rates of teen pregnancy and HIV. © UNFPA Zambia/Helene Christensen
LUSAKA, Zambia – “I have seen girls become pregnant, become victims of violence and become HIV-positive, and I don't want to become one of those girls,” said 13-year-old Lydia Mwelwa, a student at Kabulonga Basic School... Read more
20 March 2017
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A community leader makes his way to the tent of a pregnant 14-year-old former child bride. “I am worried about the delivery,” said the girl’s father. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BEIRUT, Lebanon – “To be pregnant in the middle of a humanitarian setting is already a dangerous situation, but for girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of pregnancy-related death is already twice as... Read more
10 February 2017
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Photographer Vincent Tremeau traveled to communities in Nepal and Iraq where girls face a heightened risk of child marriage. He asked what they want to be when they grow up. Punita, 14, wants to be a teacher. © Vincent Tremeau
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KAPILVASTU, Nepal/ERBIL, Iraq – “I’ve been married for five years – since I was 12 – but I haven’t gone to live with my husband yet,” said Rupali Kurmi, from Kapilvastu district, in Nepal. “That... Read more
31 January 2017
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A girl dresses as a bride for a march against child marriage and gender-based violence in Jezzine, Lebanon. © RET Liban
United Nations, New York/Beirut, Lebanon – An alarming rise in child marriages has been seen among the most vulnerable Syrian refugee populations in Lebanon, according to a newly completed survey conducted by UNFPA, the... Read more
10 January 2017
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Natasha Biendi was married off when she was just 13 years old. Life as an underage wife and mother is hard. “There is too much work to do," she said. © UNFPA
MAROUA/BATOURI, Cameroon – “My father forced me into marriage at the age of 14 – to a man I barely even knew,” Aminatou Bello, now 16, told UNFPA in Maroua, in the extreme north of Cameroon. The marriage quickly turned... Read more
14 December 2016
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These 10 New Year's resolutions are inspired by real people who are making positive, lasting change. Based on photo by UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tragedies have been dominating the headlines. War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the... Read more
23 November 2016
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Hauwa gave birth to her son while escaping Boko Haram. Now, they are receiving health and counselling services at a rehabilitation centre in Maiduguri. © UNFPA Nigeria/Kori Habib
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – “It was during the quiet hours, about 8:30pm, that Boko Haram came,” 15-year-old Goggoji told UNFPA. “I could see fire as houses were burnt.” She and her mother were captured by the militant group... Read more
25 November 2016
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Raneem Abras, 16, calls for an end to child marriage. © UNFPA Lebanon/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. But a global chorus of voices is calling for change. Today is the start of an international campaign... Read more
16 November 2016
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Hana’a was married off at 15. She endured brutal violence at the hands of her husband. © UNFPA Yemen
IBB, Yemen – Last year, Ayisha was married at only 13 years old. She delivered a baby several weeks ago – a girl. “My family forced me to get married and took me out of school,” she told UNFPA while recuperating from... Read more
2 November 2016
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Raneem Abras, 16, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, advocates against child marriage. © UNFPA Lebanon/Sima Diab
CHOUF, Lebanon – When Raneem Abras, 16, fled the devastation in Aleppo, Syria, three years ago, her family found safety in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains. But some dangers have followed them – in the form of marriage... Read more

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