News on Child marriage

7 June 2018
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Menstrual health is a serious, but overlooked, issue among vulnerable women. Refugees in Louva, Angola, receive UNFPA-distributed dignity kits, which include sanitary napkins, soap, laundry detergent and other essential hygiene supplies. © UNFPA/Tiril Skarstein
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Shame, stigma and misinformation surrounding menstruation are contributing to serious human rights concerns for women and girls, emphasizes a new report commissioned by UNFPA.  The report, a... Read more
4 June 2018
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Children run towards the sprawl of Domiz 1 camp in northeastern Iraq, where UNFPA-supported women’s and youth centres provide support and care for Syrian refugees. © UNHCR/B. Sokol/November 2012
DOHUK, Iraq – Aysheh was only 15 years old when she and her family fled Qamishli, northeastern Syria, to find refuge in Iraq in 2014. They ended up in Domiz 1 camp in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.  Built rapidly and with... Read more
1 June 2018
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Fatima now works as a health mediator at a UNFPA-supported safe space, helping other women and girls. © UNFPA Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey – Tragedy had a way of finding Fatima*. She endured brutal domestic violence during two marriages in Syria. And when the war broke out, a bomb struck her home, injuring her and killing the eldest of her... Read more
23 May 2018
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Margret Rambiki lived with obstetric fistula for 13 years. Finally, her mother learned how she could get relief. © UNFPA Malawi/Henry Chimbali
MULANJE DISTRICT, Malawi – Margret Rambiki was just a teenager, married at 14, when she nearly died in childbirth. It was 2002 in the Mulanje District of southern Malawi. A child bride, Ms. Rambiki may have been... Read more
21 May 2018
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A medical team at Al Thawara Hospital successfully treated Shaima's obstetric fistula. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – Shaima, 20, has experienced more than her share of suffering. Displaced by conflict, she was married off at 14, then endured pregnancy after pregnancy before her body was ready. She developed devastating... Read more
10 May 2018
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Drawing on her own experience being married as a child – and then getting back to school – Jenipher Sanni has become a mentor for girls in her community. © UN Foundation/GirlUp
MANGOCHI, Malawi – Jenipher Sanni dreams of making it big in life, and this year, she prepares to sit for four exams to attain the certificate she needs to move on to university. But getting to this point has not been a... Read more
25 April 2018
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Rima*, a 22-year-old mother of two, escaped both violence in Syria and abuse in her home. Today, she works as a health mediator at a UNFPA-supported safe space in Turkey. © UNFPA Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey – When Rima’s* father passed away, her happiness and independence died as well, she says. She was just 13 years old and living in Syria at the time. Her uncles took charge, imposing strict rules. They... Read more
16 April 2018
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Young actors perform a scene from "Ruža," an interactive play about the harms of child marriage. Photo by Almir Panjeta for UNICEF/UNFPA BiH
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina – On the surface, child marriage seems to affect few girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But dig a little deeper, and a pattern emerges among the most marginalized, impoverished girls. A... Read more
9 April 2018
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The needs of migrant women and girls are falling through the cracks. Izdihar, a Syrian refugee in Jordan. © UNFPA Jordan/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, international leaders are convening at United Nations Headquarters, New York, to discuss the critical issue of migration and human mobility, a megatrend that is reshaping the global... Read more
27 March 2018
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Zainab Binta Jalloh was married off at age 15. Today, she is outspoken about her experience and the need for change. Image courtesy of Zainab.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone/Johannesburg, South Africa – "According to our tradition, a girl should get married when she reaches puberty," said Zainab Binta Jalloh, a 23-year-old from Sierra Leone’s Koinadugu District. She... Read more

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