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In Indonesia, ‘Bride Kidnapping’ Tradition Fuels Child Marriage Despite New Ban

In Indonesia, ‘Bride Kidnapping’ Tradition Fuels Child Marriage Despite New Ban

Fifteen minutes into their first date, Indonesian teenager Helma Yani received a marriage proposal from a boy she had just met. He spirited her away to a relative’s house and a month later, at age 17, they were married. Yani is one of nearly 1.5 million child brides in Muslim-majority Indonesia, which has the world’s […]

Indonesia Raises Minimum Age For Brides To End Child Marriage

Indonesia Raises Minimum Age For Brides To End Child Marriage

Indonesia has one of the world’s highest numbers of child brides with one in four girls marrying before they turn 18 Indonesia’s parliament has revised the country’s marriage law to lift the minimum age at which women can marry by three years to 19, a move welcomed by campaigners as a step towards curbing child […]

UN Women Tco Support Girls Rescued From Child Marriages

UN Women Tco Support Girls Rescued From Child Marriages

Officials from the UN Women have revealed that they will extend a Women Economic Empowerment Project (WEEP) in Salima and Dedza, for a period of one year, with the aim of supporting girls rescued from child marriages. Speaking with the Media in Salima on Tuesday after presenting the project to the district executive committee, UN […]

UN Women Commends Government In Ending Child Marriages

UN Women Commends Government In Ending Child Marriages

 United Nation Women (UNW)Executive Board President, Ivana Pajevic has hailed government for its commitment to ensuring that cases of child marriages in the country are reduced to manageable levels. She said this Tuesday when she visited Mtakataka at the Headquarters of Senior Chief Kachindamoto in Dedza to appreciate how the UN HE4SHE initiative in being […]

Say No To Child Marriages In Namibia, In Africa – Doreen Sioka

Say No To Child Marriages In Namibia, In Africa – Doreen Sioka

The minister of gender equality and child welfare, Doreen Sioka, condemned child marriages in the country, saying it permanently damages the future of the Namibian child. She made these remarks yesterday at Katima Mulilo during the international women’s day celebrations. At the same occasion, she also launched the national plan of action for the implementation […]

Uganda Ranks 17th Amongst Countries With The Highest Rates Of Child Marriages

Uganda Ranks 17th Amongst Countries With The Highest Rates Of Child Marriages

Uganda ranks 17th internationally among countries that have the highest rates of child marriages, according to a report titled State of the World’s Children, 2016 by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Forty per cent of girls in Uganda are married by 18 years of age. One in every two girls in Uganda is […]

Ugandan Girls Forced Into Child Marriage Because They Can’t Afford Sanitary Pads

Ugandan Girls Forced Into Child Marriage Because They Can’t Afford Sanitary Pads

When Ugandan schoolgirl Auma got her first period she asked her mother for sanitary pads. Her mother suggested she find herself a husband to pay for them. Auma was just 12. Auma’s story is not uncommon. Many girls in Uganda drop out of education when they begin menstruating because their schools lack proper washrooms or […]

Child Marriages Remain A Social Scourge

Child Marriages Remain A Social Scourge

Tendai Magwaza is an astute bright young teenage girl, who wants to become a journalist once she finishes school. She has lived all her life in Madziva, in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland Central Province, but she yearns for a life in a big city, where she hopes to ply her trade, once she graduates from university. However, […]

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson Shines Spotlight On Need To End Child Marriages

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson Shines Spotlight On Need To End Child Marriages

On the eve of International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson today visited Malawi to shine a global spotlight on the need to end child marriage. She met with traditional chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having marriages annulled. In 2015, Malawi passed the Marriage, Divorce and […]