News on Child marriage

20 July 2020
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UNITED NATIONS, New York/KATETE, Zambia/OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – “As a female traditional leader, my aim is to be a role model within my chiefdom. I want to ensure that we collectively challenge social and... Read more
1 July 2020
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An embroidered fabric shows a drum accompanied with the text, "beat drums, not women."
BENTIU, South Sudan – Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in South Sudan in April, more than 2,000 cases of the illness have been recorded. Tensions are rising within families and communities, leaving women and girls... Read more
30 June 2020
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Illustration shows a woman with a rose over her mouth against a red background. There is a hand showing the words stop, danger, child, innocent and other terms.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities. And without... Read more
22 June 2020
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Girls join hands, showing they are working together. They are wearing orange skirts with the UNFPA logo.
LILONGWE, Malawi – Isaac Zatha, the headmaster of Chapita Primary School in the Malawian district of Salima, spent years watching his girl students disappear from class when they were married off or became pregnant. “... Read more
16 June 2020
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Ms. Brema stands at a chart, holding a pen, as she trains women in her village to become electricians. © Vincent Tremeau/Banque mondiale
AM TIMAM, Chad – Once, Adouia Brema was a child bride forced to leave school. Today, she gives her community the gift of light. Her journey – from vulnerable teen mother to solar cell electrician – shows the remarkable... Read more
28 April 2020
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Outreach workers in Syria are worried about the vulnerability of women and girls under curfew. © UNFPA Syria
UNITED NATIONS, New York – A clear view of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take shape, but experts estimate the human cost could be extraordinary. The economic and physical disruptions caused by... Read more
3 January 2020
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Survivors and advocates Nachaki, Rosillah and Eunice speak with advocate and psychotherapist Leyla Hussein at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. (L-R) Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Pratt/Too Young to Wed.
NAIROBI, Kenya/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Monicah, 13, was astonished to learn that female genital mutilation (FGM) is not just an issue just within her community, in Kenya’s rural Samburu County. “I realized it we are... Read more
23 December 2019
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The world has seen both peril and promise in the last 10 years.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As another decade draws to a close, the world is preoccupied with perils on the horizon. Climate change is beginning to ravage communities everywhere. The global displacement crisis has... Read more
10 December 2019
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Ms. Banda reads the inscription on her award, which comes from members of her community: “Thank you our fierce fighter, Memory." Image from video feed.
UNITED NATIONS, Geneva – Memory Banda, 23, knows how to change the world: by refusing to stay silent.  Ms. Banda grew up in Malawi in an area where child marriage, sexual violence and early pregnancy were common. “In my... Read more
9 December 2019
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SELIBABI, Mauritania – "I refused to marry off my daughter for a simple, good reason: I want my daughter to be empowered,” said Lemeima mint El Hadrami, 49. "I don't want her to go through the same difficulties I did... Read more

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