child marriage

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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Afghan children used as ‘collateral’ with even babies promised in marriage

Families in Afghanistan are being forced into debt, “making the difficult decision of using their children as collateral”, says the Chief of Communications for UNICEF in Afghanistan, Alison Parker.

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Choose a husband with consent – not coercion

Millions of children around the world are married off before they are ready, often against their will.

News in Brief 06 March 2018

  • 25 million child marriages averted in last decade: UNICEF
  • Lifesaving aid to Eastern Ghouta “cut short” due to escalating violence
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News in Brief 23 October 2017 (PM)

Ending child marriage in West & Central Africa could take 100 years: UNICEF

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News in Brief 25 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

One in two African children on the move do not want to go to Europe: UNICEF

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Tanzanian girls cycle to better performance at school

A scheme to help increase girls’ “performance at school” by giving them their own bicycle has just been launched in Tanzania, by the winner of a special UN award.

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Young Indian displays girl power, fighting against trafficking

An 18-year old Indian woman who was trafficked as a child says her personal experience motivated her to fight for the rights of other young girls.

Anoyara Khatun from a village in West Bengal, India recently spoke about her advocacy work at the UN in New York.

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New UN initiative aims to protect millions of girls from child marriage

The United Nations announced a new initiative today to advance efforts to end child marriage by 2030 and protect the rights of millions of the most vulnerable girls around the world.