News on Child marriage

20 October 2016
News
Temawelase is a sixth-grader in rural Swaziland. Whether the world is able to achieve its development goals depends, in large part, on her fate and the fate of girls like her. ©UNFPA/Barcroft Media/Mark Lewis
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The world’s future will be determined by the fate of its 10-year-old girls. Age 10 is the beginning of adolescence, when girls start to see life's possibilities expanding – or contracting. As... Read more
11 October 2016
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Sibongile Majaura's business has saved her education and helps support her family. © UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
MAKONDE, Zimbabwe – Three years ago, Sibongile Majaura was on the cusp of dropping out of school, a misfortune all too familiar to girls in Zimbabwe.  But she has defied the odds. With just a little investment and a lot... Read more
6 October 2016
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Faouzia Yaya was forced into marriage three years ago. A new penal code has just been adopted to prevent such marriages. © UNFPA Cameroon
MAROUA/YAOUNDE, Cameroon – “I was forced into marriage by my father at the age of 14,” Faouzia Yaya, now 17, told UNFPA. “My father insisted, even knowing I did not want it. I even ran away to my uncle’s place, but he... Read more
3 October 2016
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Muna was left to fend for her children alone in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq. © UNFPA Iraq/Khetam Malkawi
DUHOK, Iraq – When 28-year-old Muna* fled the turmoil in Syria three years ago, she did not imagine she would wind up alone, shouldering sole responsibility for her children’s care, all while under constant threat of... Read more
27 September 2016
News
Three women with their children in Far Western Nepal. All of the women were child brides. © UNFPA Nepal/Santosh Chhetri
BAITADI DISTRICT, Nepal – A girl’s astrological birth chart can hold the keys to her future in this remote corner of Far Western Nepal. And in the right hands, this is a good thing. When parents bring their daughter’s ‘... Read more
20 September 2016
News
World Bank Vice President Keith Hansen, President Idriss Déby of Chad, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and moderator Folly Bah Thibault (left to right) at a high-level dialogue on achieving the demographic dividend. © UNFPA/Koye Adeboye
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BAGRE, Burkina Faso – Presidents, ministers, and United Nations and World Bank officials met yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York to strengthen their commitments for the young people of... Read more
14 September 2016
News
Fatuma Ahmed was subjected to female genital mutilation and child marriage. She is now a member of a "married girls' club," where she and other child brides advocate against these harmful practices. © UNFPA/Abraham Gelaw
AFAMBO, Ethiopia – Fatuma was married off five years ago, when she was just 13. Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was only a baby, and it... Read more
14 September 2016
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Global leaders are set to meet next week at the first-ever Summit on Migrants and Refugees. At stake are the rights, health and well-being of hundreds of millions of migrants and tens of millions of refugees. © UNFPA Jordan/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, they will set out to address some of the greatest catastrophes in a generation: grinding conflicts that have set... Read more
8 September 2016
News
Saba and her mother speak out against child marriage, encouraging families to educate their daughters instead. © UNFPA Jordan/Sima Diab
ZAATARI, Jordan – “A girl I know from school here in the camp got married last year when she was 15,” Saba, 16, told UNFPA. Saba encouraged her friend to delay pregnancy until her body was more mature. But the pressure... Read more
23 August 2016
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A joint UN programme targets 1 million vulnerable girls with messages on empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, leadership and human rights. © UNFPA Mozambique
NAMPULA Mozambique – “Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and... Read more

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