Resources on Child marriage

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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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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