According to a UNICEF-UNFPA press release, a new initiative speed up the action to end child marriage and protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girl.
“The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage announced today will involve families, communities, governments and young people. This is part of a global effort to prevent girls from marrying too young and to support those already married as girls in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East where child marriage rates are high.”
- The new global program will increase girls’ access to education and health care services.
- Educate parents and communities on the dangers of child marriage.
- Increase economic support to families.
- Strengthen and enforcing laws that establish 18 as the minimum age of marriage.
This is a step in the right direction because if current trends continue, the number of girls and women married as children will reach nearly 1 billion by 2030.
Child marriage is a violation of the rights of girls and women. Girls who are married as children are more likely to be out of school, suffer domestic violence, contract STDs and suffer or die due pregnancy complications and childbirth.
UNICEF and UNFPA called on governments and partner organizations to support the new Global Programme to help eliminate child marriage by 2030.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
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