How has the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage (2016-2030) adapted to COVID-19?
29 Nov 2021
29 Nov 2021
In commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, the Evaluation Offices of UNFPA and UNICEF have released new evidence and lessons to prevent and respond to child marriage during COVID-19.
This evidence comes at a critical time as the pandemic has profoundly affected the everyday lives of girls, from their physical and mental health, education and the economic circumstances of their families and communities. This has significantly affected the child marriage situation globally. Up to 10 million more girls are estimated to become child brides by 2030, as a result of the pandemic.
A joint assessment of the adaptations of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage (2016-2030) to the COVID-19 crisis highlights areas for adjustments and refinements of the programme. This evidence and lessons will help the programme to continue to deliver in changing contexts and to accelerate the pace towards Sustainable Development Goal 5.3, which aims to eliminate all harmful practices, including child marriage.