child marriage

Afghanistan: Girls at increasing risk of child marriage

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received credible reports of families in Afghanistan offering daughters as young as 20 days old for future marriage in return for a dowry.

Tanzania helpline calls time on child marriage and abuse

Child marriage continues to affect many young girls across Tanzania, in East Africa, but now a series of interventions supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are allowing children to get the support they need to avoid unwanted and potentially damaging relationships.

News in Brief 8 March 2021

  • Shift mindsets that deny equality for women in all walks of life, urges UN chief 
  • Blaze kills migrants, guards in Yemeni capital Sana’a  
  • 10 million additional girls at risk of child marriage because of to COVID-19 
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UN NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Exceptional teacher inspires students and fights scourge of child marriage

Indian primary school teacher Ranjitsinh Disale, winner of the UN-backed 2020 Global Teacher Prize, says that he is driven by empowering students, particularly girls, so they can “unleash their potential” and have the confidence to achieve their aspirations. 

News in Brief 10 August 2020

  • UN will support Lebanon ‘in every possible way’ pledges UN chief
  • UN rights chief warns new Somalia draft law ‘risks legitimizing child marriage’
  • Boosting migrant worker protections during COVID pandemic
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Record child displacement figures due to conflict and violence in 2019: UNICEF

A new UN report finds that some 19 million children were displaced within their own countries due to conflict and violence in 2019, more than in any other year, making them among the most vulnerable to the global spread of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies, new UN-backed data reveals

Ongoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic could result in seven million unintended pregnancies in the coming months, according to data released on Tuesday by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners.

UN programme to help spare millions from child marriage, extended to 2023

Millions of girls have been able to avoid “an unwanted marriage and an unwelcome end to their childhood”, since the launch four years ago, of a joint UN agency programme, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. 

Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief

An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms, launched on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

News in Brief 14 February 2019

  • No child in Europe should be Stateless, says UN agencies
  • Pope urges IFAD to continue on its ‘humble’ path
  • Saying NO to child marriage
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