Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Child marriage impedes girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their fundamental rights

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to designate October 11, every year, as the International Day of the Girl Child.  The day is being observed globally for the first time this year to create awareness of the situation of the girl child and ensure greater efforts are made to improve their lives. The theme this year is ‘my life, my right, end child marriage’. 

The launch of this joint statement reflects the United Nations commitment to prevent child marriage, which directly affects Pakistan’s ability to achieve six of the eight millennium development goals.

Speaking on the occasion, the UNICEF Representative in Pakistan, Dan Rohrmann, emphasised that early marriage violates the right to health, education, recreation, protection and other social and economic rights of girls and young women. 

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