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With climate change driving child marriage risks, Bangladesh fights back

Climate change-driven extreme weather is accelerating migration to Bangladesh`s cities, raising the risks of problems such as child marriage, according to UNICEF`s head of Bangladesh programmes. Innovative efforts to curb the threat - particularly training young people to help each other - are paying off, with Bangladesh`s government now incorporating programmes started by UNICEF and Save the Children

July 20, 2017

New MTV dramas in Egypt and India tackle female genital mutilation, sex work

American cable television channel MTV is launching drama series in Egypt and in India with storylines on female genital mutilation, child marriage and sex work with the aim of generating debate around issues often seen as taboo. Both series by the Viacom-owned youth entertainment broadcaster will feature soundtracks to appeal to young audiences and popular local actors who will be trained on the issues to help stimulate debates via social media. "We will be using gripping plots based on true stories from young people so that we can destigmatise issues, debunk unhelpful stereotypes and catalyse social change," said Georgia Arnold, head of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation

July 13, 2017

Child marriages will cost poor countries trillions of dollars

Child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars in the next decade, seriously hampering global efforts to eradicate poverty, the World Bank said. An estimated one in three girls in the developing world is married before the age of 18, with one girl married off every two seconds, according to experts. The World Bank said ending child marriage would reduce population growth, boost girls` educational achievements and increase their earnings. It would also lead to women having healthier and better educated children, further boosting prosperity

June 27, 2017

U.S: New York Governor Signs Anti-Child Marriage Law

New York State has taken an important step toward ending child marriage, as Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 20, 2017 signed legislation to dramatically reduce the circumstances under which children can marry, Human Rights Watch said. Between 2001 to 2010, 3,850 children under 18 married in New York State. Under the previous law, the minimum age for marriage in New York was 18, but the law allowed children of 16 and 17 to marry with parental approval, and children of 14 and 15 to marry with permission from a judge and their parents. The vast majority of US states permit marriage under age 18 under some circumstances. In 27 US states, there is no limit to how young a child can marry if a judge authorizes the marriage

June 20, 2017
Human Rights Watch, NBC New York

Child brides are on the rise in India's towns and cities - report

An increasing number of underage girls in India’s towns and cities are being married off, a study has revealed, challenging long-held assumptions that child marriage in the country is largely a rural phenomenon. Child marriage is illegal in India, but it is deeply rooted and accepted in society and is widespread in some parts of the country. Data from the 2011 census shows more than 5m girls were married before the legal age of 18. Yet while the number of underage brides declined by 0.3% in rural areas, they have increased by 0.7% in urban parts, according to the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the charity Young Lives

June 2, 2017

U.S. state could become first to enact blanket ban on child marriage: activists

A measure to ban child marriage could become law in New Jersey this week, which would make it the first of the 50 states in America to outlaw the practice without exception. It would prohibit marriage of children under the age of 18. Activists say the practice of under-aged marriage is rampant in the U.S. where about 170,000 children were wed between 2000 and 2010 in 38 states where data was available. That could be as high as 248,000 children, according to Unchained At Last, an NGO campaigning to change laws on arranged or forced marriages

May 10, 2017

Female clerics declare fatwa on child marriage in Indonesia

Female clerics in Indonesia issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage in the country in a bid to stop young girls becoming brides. The fatwa came at the end of a three-day conference of female clerics: a rare example of women assuming a lead role in religious affairs in this mostly Muslim country. ‘Maternal mortality is very high in Indonesia so we as female clerics must play a lead role on this issue and not just wait for the government to protect these children’

April 27, 2017

Late marriage of women may boost child’s health and well being

Reducing child marriages and delaying the marriage of younger women in India may have significant results in improving child health and educational outcomes, a study found

April 5, 2017
Indian Express

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms: UN

Child marriage soars in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, UNICEF said. Around 80% of all families in Yemen are in debt or are borrowing money to feed their children. Dowry payments are an additional incentive for poor parents to marry daughters off early and, as there is no minimum age for marriage, campaigners say girls sometimes as young as eight or nine are being married off

March 27, 2017

India priests, decorators in child marriage crackdown: No proof of age? No wedding

Priests, card printers, flower decorators and tent suppliers are among the many players in the lucrative wedding industry being enlisted to help authorities in southern India crack down on child marriages. Priests in Telangana state have been told to request proof of age for the bride and groom before marrying them, while officials there are checking in villages to see if any child marriages are being planned or performed

March 21, 2017

Growing runner beans to avert child marriage, trafficking in eastern India

A new state programme to keep young girls in school with cash incentives, coupled with efforts by land rights advocacy group Landesa to teach land literacy, help young girls dare to dream and plan for better futures

March 21, 2017

Kenya to campaign against child marriage, protect women’s rights

Kenya became the 19th African country to commit to the African Union’s campaign to end child marriage. It declared zero tolerance to violence and discrimination against women and girls, as it signed up to International Women’s Day

March 9, 2017
Star Kenya

Bangladesh law allowing child brides may legitimize rape: charities

Child rights groups said a new Bangladeshi law that lets under-age girls marry their rapists for ‘the greater good of the adolescent’ may put more children at risk of sexual abuse. Legitimizing marriage for young rape victims in the name of ‘honour’ does nothing to protect their bodies or their rights, advocates said

March 1, 2017