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“When girls are educated, everything is possible.”

10 March 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

22 February 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

10 October 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

06 October 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”

19 September 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

31 August 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

09 August 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

11 July 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

04 April 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

30 November 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

27 November 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

09 October 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

17 September 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

10 September 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

04 March 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

03 March 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

Experts call for increased efforts to improve maternal and newborn child health in Africa

29 April 2013

More than 50 government, civil society, academic and United Nations experts came together for a meeting coordinated by the African Union (AU) in partnership with UN Women from 24 to 26 April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review key frameworks and initiatives on maternal and newborn child health and recommend actions for reduction of maternal and child deaths in Africa. More

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

07 March 2013

Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). More

Abolishing Sang Chatti: Pakistan works to prevent compensation marriage and other forms of violence against women

11 February 2013

As Pakistan prepares for review by the CEDAW Committee of its fourth periodic on 12 February, we take a look at what has been done to crack down on Jirgas and implement other CEDAW recommendations related to ending violence against women. More

Through film and life, rural women address poverty and early marriage in Egypt

10 January 2013

An innovative workshop explores ways for rural women how to tell their own stories about their participation in agriculture and barriers to their development in Upper Egypt. More

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