Resources on Child marriage

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage is turning commitments into tangible action for children. Managed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it promotes the right of girls to delay marriage, addresses the conditions that keep the practice in place, and cares for girls already in union. The Global Programme is being implemented in 12 countries that have a high prevalence or high burden of child marriage. These are Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

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Child marriage, defined as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18, is a global issue impacting the lives of millions of girls each year and hindering progress towards development the world over. Globally, more than 700 million girls and women alive today were married as children. More than one in three of these (about 250 million) entered into union before age 15.

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This is the fourth chapter of Costing the Three Transformative Results, which focuses on the estimated cost of ending child marriage.

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These country profiles are a supplement to the 2018 annual report of the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.

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In 2018, UNFPA, UNICEF and partners – including young people – leveraged investments to reach over 3 million girls and close to 14 million community members in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia with information, skills and services related to ending child marriage.

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How is menstruation related to human rights? When does menstruation start? What are common myths and taboos about menstruation? What is period poverty?

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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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Through the Global Programme, we are accelerating action to end child marriage, and UNFPA and UNICEF are able to reach more girls. The Global Programme is leveraging investments to increase outreach and sustainability. In 2017, it spent over US$33 million with complementary investments of over $22 million from other sources.

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Today, one in four young women will be married in childhood. Child marriage is a human rights violation on a vast scale and a major obstacle to sustainable development.

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How common is child marriage? How is child marriage connected to teen pregnancy?

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