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Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High

23 Jul 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By Julia Holtz 

WASHINGTON, Jul 23 2014 (IPS) - As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children.

Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and discussed the long-term consequences of both female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. 

While the report links the former practice with “prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and death,” it mentions how the latter can predispose women to domestic violence and dropping out of school.

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Do More To Combat Violence Against Children - UN Rep

3 Jul 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter

Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation's children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched.

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Fragile States, Fragile Lives

27 Jun 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Child Marriage Amid Disaster and Conflict

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Existing evidence suggests that the correlation between child marriage prevalence and fragility should be examined more closely, as many of the countries with the highest rates of the practice are found on the top of lists such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) list of fragile states and the Fund for Peace's Failed States Index.

 

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UN: Over 4,000 child soldiers in armed conflicts

1 Jul 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS July 1 at 6:52 PM
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations has documented more than 4,000 cases of children recruited and used in conflicts in 2013 and said in a report Tuesday that thousands more are estimated to have joined armies and rebel groups around the globe.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's annual report on children and armed conflict adds Nigeria's notorious extremist group Boko Haram to the U.N. "list of shame." It now includes eight government forces and 51 armed groups that recruit or use, kill or maim, commit sexual violence or rape against children in conflicts, or attack schools or hospitals.

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Gender inequality's 2030 'expiration date'

27 Jun 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By Jenni Cardamone 27 June 2014
Almost two decades after 189 governments made a historic commitment in China to a world of equality between women and men, it's time to discuss progress made and challenges ahead.

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