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Brides for Sale

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UN Gender Focus: violence against children, child brides and disarmament

Bid to end violence “that affects one billion children per year”

An ambitious strategy to end violence against children has been unveiled by UN health experts. It was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) which says a new global approach is needed as around one billion children every year are affected. Despite the alarming data, WHO says that many cases of violence are “hidden, unseen or under-reported.” Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.


Afghan teen raps against child ‘Brides for Sale’

An Afghan teenager is using rap music to advocate for an end to child marriage.

Sonita Alizadeh, 19, has released a music video called ‘Brides for Sale’ which highlights the ordeal of young girls forced into marriage by their families.

The issue is personal for Sonita as her own mother had attempted to sell her to a potential husband: first when she was only 10 years old and then again when she was 16.

Sonita now attends music school in the United States and hopes to become a women’s rights lawyer.