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Preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

July, 2014

Summary

Taking into consideration information received from States, United Nations agencies, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders, the report discusses the international norms and standards applicable to child, early and forced marriage and the human rights impact of the practice on women and girls. The report addresses the various factors that contribute to child, early and forced marriage and further analyses existing measures and strategies to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage with a particular focus on challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps.

Too Young to Wed: The Growing Problem of Child Marriage Among Syrian Girls in Jordan

July, 2014

War in Syria has killed more than 10,000 children.  More than 1 million more have fled the country in fear, while millions more have been displaced inside Syria. This briefing looks at a disturbing but less publicised impact of the crisis: the increase in the numbers of girls who have been forced to marry.

 

To read the full report by Save the Children please download the attached pdf.

Protecting the Girl Child: Using the Law to End Child Marriage

January, 2014

This report from Equality now - full title 'Protecting the Girl Child: Using the law to end child, early, and forced marriage and related human rights violatiosn' - is comprised of the following sections:

 

-Introduction
-Prioritizing the Elimination of Child Marriage
-Using International Law to End Child, Early and
-Forced Marriage
-National Law – A Fundamental Tool to End Child,
-Early and Forced Marriage
-National Surveys
-Conclusion
-What You Can Do
-Acknowledgements

 

Solutions to End Child Marriage: Summary of the Evidence

November, 2013

A summary of the ICRW's review of 150 programs with a child marriage component, identifying five key strategies used to prevent or delay child marriages:

  • Empower girls with information, skills, and support networks
  • Educate and rally parents and community members
  • Enhance girls' access to high-quality education
  • Provide economic support and incentives to girls and their families
  • Encourage supportive laws and policies

Government hopes new Tanzania constitution bans child marriage

October 21, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania(Thomson Reuters Foundation)--Tanzania is banking on the on-going constitutional review process of marriage laws to stop child marriages, according to a report in the government newspaper Daily News.

The marriage Act of 1971 allows girls as young as 14-years-old to marry with parental consent. On average, two out of five girls are married off before their 18th birthday, putting Tanzania among countries with the highest child marriage rates in the world.

Stolen Lives, Empty Classrooms: An Overview on the Girl Marriages in Iran

October, 2013

Forced marriages result from harmful traditional practices1 justified in the name of cultural, economic, political and/or legal standards. Forced marriages are a phenomenon tantamount to slavery, as explicated in a report by a United Nations Special Rapporteur, and often affect boys and girls under 18 years of age, especially under 10. 2 Global statistics demonstrate that every minute an average of 27 girls are forced into marriage.

Lebanon: Islamic Clerics Oppose Law Protecting Abused Women

July 25, 2013

Two weeks ago, Lebanese women were compelled to recognize once again that they are left to be victims of violence in many forms — including murder — without any legislation protecting them or holding the aggressor accountable. The reason for that is the position of some clerics, who justify these views using religious convictions and concepts.

WHO Report: Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women

June 21, 2013

 

WHO has published a report on violence against women using data from all regions of the world.

 

The report compiles data from all over the world to analyze two types of violence against women - violence by a partner and sexual violence by a non-partner.

Also included is an important and shocking finding that about a third of women worldwide have experienced violence in some form during their lives.

 

For the full report, click here.

UN Women: culture must not block progress on stopping gender violence

March 4, 2013

Commission on Status of Women opens in New York, but Iran, Russia and Vatican thought to be lobbying against key proposals.

Culture and religion must not be allowed to block proposals to eliminate and prevent violence against women and girls, the head of UN Women said on the eve of what is expected to be the largest global summit ever convened to discuss the issue.

Women’s rights and the rule of law: education and implementation

December 5, 2012

Legislative victories are important in changing society to eradicate injustices like forced child marriage, but such change is delivered because of and not without daring, challenging, transformative processes of education and action whether led by state, religious, familiar or civic actors. Trusting women, and trusting ourselves, can often be a moment of defiance

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