child marriage

  • U.N. to Bangladesh: do more to end child marriage
    DHAKA, October 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Bangladesh must do more to tackle child marriage if it is to meet its own goal of eliminating the crime by 2041, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday. "This human rights violation...(is)robbing children of their childhoods," said Veera Mendonca, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s children agency. "We must invest now to secure girls’ rights to life and education, and reduce their exposure
  • DCW rescues minor from being married off in Delhi's Jamia Nagar
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 7 (IANS): The Delhi Commission for Women has rescued a minor girl from southeast Delhi's Jamia Nagar who was allegedly being married off. A call was received on the Commission's 181 helpline on an anonymous complaint that the family was planning to marry off the girl on October 10. The matter was escalated to DCW chief Swati Maliwal who along with member Kiran Negi immediately constituted a team to take action in the matter. The complainant informed
  • Rugby saves school girls from child marriage in rural Zimbabwe
    HAUNA, Zimbabwe, October 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): When the girls at Sahumani Secondary School in eastern Zimbabwe started playing rugby, they had to make do with the soccer pitch and the oversized football shirts used by the boys. Five years on, several have represented their country in the sport, and many more credit it with saving them from becoming child brides in a nation where early marriage remains common despite being outlawed in 2016. "I used to hate rugb
  • Girls tackle child marriage on the football pitch in India
    Soccer initiative aims to give child brides new opportunities, and the confidence to stand up for their rights MUMBAI, September 232 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again. In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls' soccer initiative
  • India's COVID-19 lockdown threatens efforts to stop spikes in child marriage
    Rise in child marriages feared as struggling families marry off girls to ease their economic hardship during the pandemic MUMBAI, August 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the police knocked on the door as 15-year-old Muskaan prepared to head to the temple in their village in northern India, the bride-to-be was distraught. With a sick father and unemployed brother, Muskaan believed that getting married to a distant relative's son would alleviate the financial burden on he
  • India's COVID-19 lockdown threatens efforts to stop spikes in child marriage
    MUMBAI, August 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): When the police knocked on the door as 15-year-old Muskaan prepared to head to the temple in their village in northern India, the bride-to-be was distraught. With a sick father and unemployed brother, Muskaan believed that getting married to a distant relative's son would alleviate the financial burden on her family and offer a better future. Yet a tip-off to the authorities in June by local activists concerned about a spik
  • Coronavirus puts millions more at risk of child marriage and FGM - UN
    LONDON, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.   "The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many more girls are now at risk," said Natalia Kanem, head of the United Nations' sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA.   An additional