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Entertainment The UN intends to end child marriage

23:00  19 november  2020
23:00  19 november  2020 Source:   elle.fr

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The UN Resolution on Child , Early and Forced Marriage , supported by 116 Member States was introduced and led by the Governments of Canada and A global partnership of over 400 civil society organizations, committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential, Girls Not

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. The initiative by the UN Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), announced on International

In a context of a pandemic which is accelerating inequalities, a draft resolution to fight against child marriage, presented by Canada and Zambia, has just been adopted by the United Nations.

L’ONU entend mettre fin aux mariages des enfants © Minneapolis Star Tribune / TNS / Sip / SIPA UN plans to end child marriage

A child under 15 is married every seven seconds around the world. Each year, 12 million young girls marry before they turn 18. The figures released by UNICEF in 2019 shudder. To fight against these early and forced unions, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly has just adopted a draft resolution.

A text co-sponsored by 114 countries

The text, presented by Canada and Zambia, is co-sponsored by 114 countries. For Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministers François-Philippe Champagne and International Development Ministers Karina Gould, “Child marriage is a violation of human rights and is a major obstacle to the development of women and girls. Too often, it leads to the end of their schooling and health complications, in addition to putting them at increased risk of discrimination and violence ”.

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Child marriage jeopardizes girls’ rights and stands in the way of girls living educated, healthy and productive lives. It also excludes girls from fundamental The report calls on governments and leaders to end child marriage by: Enacting and enforcing national laws that raise the age of marriage to 18

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 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

The resolution urges the international community to take concrete steps to sustain and accelerate progress towards ending child marriage, which has been on the rise since the epidemic.

The Covid-19 accelerates forced marriages

The number of early and forced marriages has increased to the point of alerting the NGO Save the Children, which defends children's rights around the world. Last October, she revealed that nearly 500,000 more underage girls could be forcibly married in 2020.

This figure is a direct consequence of the pandemic. Poverty would push parents to make their children work to meet household expenses or to marry them so that they are no longer dependent on them.

Among the regions most affected by this phenomenon, we find South Asia, with nearly 200,000 more marriages of young girls this year. This is followed by Central and West Africa (90,000 girls concerned), Latin America and the Caribbean (73,400), East Asia and the Pacific (61,000), Europe and Central Asia (37,200) as well as the Middle East and North Africa (14,400). Since these are only cases known to the NGO, these figures represent only the "tip of the iceberg," the organization said in a statement.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) predicts that by 2030, the health crisis will result in 13 million more cases of child, early and forced marriage.

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