Resources on Child marriage

This year's State of World Population report explores the life of the 10-year-old girl, whose life is about to take a pivotal turn, either towards expanding opportunities or narrowing ones. As these girls enter adolescence, their potential will be nurtured, with material benefits for their families, communities and countries, or their potential will be limited, depriving the world of their talents and achievements.

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The importance of reproductive health, in general, and access to voluntary family planning, in particular, is well established. They are crucial to the entire, interconnected and transformative global development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals, to which the world has newly committed, prioritize the needs of those who are most vulnerable and underserved, including young people. Their reproductive choices will have enormous repercussions for the trajectory of their own lives and for the future of their countries. Yet their unmet need for reproductive health services remains high. Demand for and use of contraception among adolescent girls has increased, but current levels remain remarkably lower than for other age groups.

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In Niger, which has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world, these 16 extraordinary girls refused to become child brides.

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This pictorial book documents the impact of the years of violence on Syrian women, girls, men and boys.

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As part of its Adolescent and Youth Strategy approved in 2012 and its new Strategic Plan 2014-17, UNFPA committed to stepping up investments towards ending child marriage and reducing adolescent pregnancy bysupporting governments to reach the most marginalized adolescent girls, especially those at risk of child marriage and married girls.

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Humanitarian organizations must prioritize the sexual and reproductive health needs of displaced adolescents at the earliest opportunity in a crisis to protect young people from sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases and early pregnancy. This joint report catalogs the results of a year-long study to map adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes in areas affected by conflict, documents good practices, and provides recommendations to improve access to quality reproductive health care for adolescents in humanitarian settings.

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Humanitarian organizations must prioritize the sexual and reproductive health needs of displaced adolescents at the earliest opportunity in a crisis to protect young people from sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases and early pregnancy. This joint report catalogs the results of a year-long study to map adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes in areas affected by conflict, documents good practices, and provides recommendations to improve access to quality reproductive health care for adolescents in humanitarian settings.

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