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U.N. To Bangladesh: Do More To End Child Marriage

U.N. To Bangladesh: Do More To End Child Marriage

  Bangladesh must do more to tackle child marriage if it is to meet its own goal of eliminating the crime by 2041, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday. “This human rights violation…(is)robbing children of their childhoods,” said Veera Mendonca, a spokeswoman for the U.N.’s children agency. “We must invest now to […]

Girls Tackle Child Marriage On The Football Pitch In India

Girls Tackle Child Marriage On The Football Pitch In India

When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again. In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls’ soccer initiative is tackling gender inequality, and […]

UN Women Strengthens Safe Spaces For Child Marriage Survivors

UN Women Strengthens Safe Spaces For Child Marriage Survivors

This week, UN Women has been supporting their implementing partners in Dedza and Salima to strengthen safe spaces for girls and child marriage survivors in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, thematic pillar UN Women has supported a total of 13,450 girls child marriage survivors in 10 districts with different […]

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Somalia’s parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced marriage. The East African nation has high rates of child marriage and violence against women, including rape and female genital mutilation (FGM). The United Nations says 45% of women are married before […]

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. “The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many more girls are now at risk,” said Natalia Kanem, head of the United […]

Child Marriage Worries Rise Amid Coronavirus Lockdown In Cameroon

Child Marriage Worries Rise Amid Coronavirus Lockdown In Cameroon

‘At night, I pray he doesn’t come to my room.’ She Said: Women’s lives, women’s voices You’ve heard it before. Women and girls pay a heavy price during humanitarian crises. She Said is an ongoing collection of reporting in which women offer glimpses of their lives, speaking with TNH from COVID-19 lockdowns, situations of conflict […]

Kenyan Chiefs Go Door-To-Door To Stop Female Genital Cutting Amid Coronavirus

Kenyan Chiefs Go Door-To-Door To Stop Female Genital Cutting Amid Coronavirus

Village chiefs in Kenya will make house-to-house checks after reports some rural communities were taking advantage of school closures due to the coronavirus to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls, officials and campaigners said. One in five women and girls aged between 15 and 49 in Kenya have undergone the procedure, which usually involves the […]

Pakistani Child Bride Wrongly Jailed For Murder Gets Freedom

Pakistani Child Bride Wrongly Jailed For Murder Gets Freedom

Married as a child and wrongly imprisoned for nearly 20 years over the murder of her husband in Pakistan, Rani Bibi is now free and fighting for compensation in a test case for thousands of other false convictions. Bibi was only 13 when police arrested her for killing her husband whom she remembers “as a […]

Traditonal Beliefs Perpetuating Girl Child Marriages In Zimbabwe

Traditonal Beliefs Perpetuating Girl Child Marriages In Zimbabwe

TRADITIONAL beliefs in Zimbabwean societies are perpetuating girl child marriages, Zimbabwe Gender Commission Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Muwanigwa has said. According to reports, at least 1 in every 3 girls is married off before they reach the age of 18. This is despite it being against the law. The lowest median ages of marriage have […]

More Needs To Be Done On Child Marriage – Minister Nyoni

More Needs To Be Done On Child Marriage – Minister Nyoni

The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development has called for more action to eliminate the scourge of child marriages which remains a major impediment to the empowerment of women and girls. Addressing the press early this week, the Women Affairs minister, Sithembiso Nyoni bemoaned the increase in cases of incestuous relationships. […]

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