News on Child marriage

9 September 2015
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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon meet with 15 girls from Nigeria's Kaduna State, who presented a drama about the challenges they face in their community. © UNFPA Nigeria/Adeola Olunloyo
ABUJA, Nigeria – “I am proud to be a girl.” These were the bold closing words of a drama performed by 15 girls for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in... Read more
26 August 2015
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Paralysed and uneducated, Barira spent 16 years believing she had no value. Still, she had a fierce desire to learn. With a little help, she has rebuilt her life, making many friends, and becoming an active part of her community. © UNFPA
NIAMEY, Niger – Barira Harouna, 16, is unlike any of other girl in her village, Bargaja, in Niger’s Maradi Region. At only 2 years old, she was paralyzed by polio. Two years later, her father died. Her mother soon... Read more
24 August 2015
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Jannah* refuses to marry off her 14-year-old daughter, despite pressure from relatives. “I will die before I give my daughter away,” she said. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – Child marriages appear to be rising among Syrian refugees as families grow increasingly desperate under the grinding four-year-old conflict. Alarming reports show that parents are marrying daughters off... Read more
18 August 2015
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Shreejana (centre) with her baby, mother and sister outside their temporary shelter in Goljung Village, Nepal. Health facilities in earthquake-affected areas sustained tremendous damage. © UNFPA Nepal/Santosh Chhetri
RASUWA, Nepal – Months after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, access to essential health services remains a serious concern for survivors. Health facilities sustained tremendous damage, affecting health workers’... Read more
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

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