The International Day of the Girl Child: UNICEF focuses on ending child marriage

UNICEF and associates are highlighting joint efforts to end child marriage - a fundamental human rights violation that impacts all aspects of a girl's life on the first International Day of the Girl Child. According to Anju Malhotra with the gender and rights section in UNICEF the UN and partners are coming together to show the incredible progress made and to emphasize the ongoing challenges.

The release confirmed that UNICEF supported the passage of the Child Marriage Prohibition Act of 2006, and has since supported the development and completion of a national plan on child marriage ceremony that aims to coordinate programmers and policies to speak to both the causes and the consequences of child marriage.

Education is one of the most effectual strategies to protect children against marriage. When girls are able to stay in school an attitudinal change can also occur towards their opportunities within the community.

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