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Rural women tackle drought-affected Mozambique’s rise in child marriage

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for managing food and water for their families, the drought has also meant increased work burden and earlier marriages, leading to lost childhood, education and opportunities. More

Press Release: Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE, in partnership with UN Women, join forces to Level the Law and end gender discriminatory laws

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On Saturday September 23, 2017, Lupita Nyong’o and Freida Pinto took the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York to speak out on gender equality, urging 60,000 Global Citizens gathered in Central Park and millions watching around the world to take action to level the playing field for girls and women. More

Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa

Monday, September 18, 2017

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030. More

Central America and the Caribbean make historic strides to end child marriage

Friday, September 15, 2017

Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador and Guatemala abolish discriminatory legislation which allowed this harmful practice against girls and adolescent women More

“When girls are educated, everything is possible.”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Malawi Chief, nicknamed “The Terminator” for annulling thousands of child marriages, receives prestigious Vital Voices award; UN Women’s Habiba Osman among the honourees for her role in promoting positive social norms More

Malawi Parliament adopts amendment to end child marriage

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The country with one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world has taken a major step to end the practice by adopting a constitutional amendment on 14 February that raises the minimum age of marriage to 18 years. More

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson shines spotlight on need to end child marriages

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned actress Emma Watson travels to Malawi to meet with President, traditional leaders and girls freed from early marriage. More

"My girl is not for sale": Escaping child marriage in Moldova

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Roma family challenges cultural norms by refusing a reparatory marriage. In their community, school drop-out rate is a staggering record 58 per cent, mainly driven by child/early marriages, unplanned pregnancies and childcare responsibilities. More

Child marriage: “an affront to human dignity and well-being and an impediment to sustainable development”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a special panel event on “Ending Global Child Marriage” organized by UN Association in New York. More

Religious leaders at the forefront of ending gender-based violence in Ethiopia

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

At the end of the training conducted by UN Women, religious leaders developed a 13-point call for action to end harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence in the region, including rejecting violence against women, child marriage and the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. They are now preaching to prevent such violence in their congregations. More

Stopping bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A programme from the National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan, supported by a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, has introduced the first-ever curriculum on gender-based violence in Kyrgyz language in schools in rural Kyrgyzstan. More

World Population Day: Invest in Teenage Girls

Monday, July 11, 2016

This year’s theme “Investing in teenage girls,” calls for action to address the enormous challenges faced by teenage girls across the world. More

Early marriage banned in the Pankisi Gorge, Georgia

Monday, April 4, 2016

Religious leaders in the Pankisi Gorge will no longer endorse marriage for those under the age of 18. Pankisi is located in the eastern part of Georgia (Kakheti region) and is mostly populated by ethnic Kists. The decision was made by imams from traditional Islamic mosques, together with the Council of Elders in the Gorge. More

UN launches regional programme to eradicate child marriage

Monday, November 30, 2015

In Panama City on 24 November, on occasion of the beginning of the 16 days of activism and the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the regional offices of UN Women, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization, presented a new joint programme for the eradication of child marriage. More

Girls speak out at the First African Girls' Summit on Ending Child Marriage

Friday, November 27, 2015

UN Women is participating and actively contributing to the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage, being held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 24–27 November 2015. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

We know we have an extraordinarily long way to go to achieve what we want for our 15-year-olds. But they must know that they, and all their siblings, are in the spotlight. Today is the Day when we focus our attention on the Girl Child, but it is not a day in isolation. It is part of a massive and relentless drive towards a world of equality: a Planet 50-50 by 2030. More

Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In a country where half of girls are married before age 18, UN Women played a key role in lobbying for a new law that raises the legal age to wed, while raising awareness and working with traditional leaders to annul marriages. More

Comprehensive approach to end child, early and forced marriage needed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

John Hendra, UN Women Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Programme, took part in an informal panel discussion on “Child, Early and Forced Marriage Worldwide, including the Elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on 5 September 2014, in the final days of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. More

How I firmly said NO to an early and forced marriage

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In the words of Martha Ntoipo, a 33-year-old Maasai activist from Tanzania. She works for the Pastoralist Information and Development Organization (PIDO), a community development organization which she founded in 2010, which works in the fields of health, women economic empowerment, gender equality and human rights, environmental conservation and research. More

Dying to live: the gender dimension of child mortality in India

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sharing the voices of Indian women, a new UN Women report details work towards meeting MDG targets and sheds light on the issue of female infanticide, son preference and violence against women. More

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