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World must make ending child marriage a priority – report

18 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Author: Emma Batha

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jamila was three years old when her parents gave her to another Afghan family for marriage to their son. She was beaten regularly and treated as a slave.

At 10 she was raped by the uncle of her intended husband. Her injuries were so severe she had to be taken to hospital. The following year she was forced to marry her rapist. Every night he raped her and then sent her to sleep in the stable with the animals.

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Joint press release: Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children

10 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children

NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the "No Lost Generation" strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.

 

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Violence against Afghan women more frequent, brutal in 2013 - official

6 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

(Reuters) - Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, the head of the country's human rights commission said on Saturday, a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops prepare to withdraw. 

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Belgium divided on euthanasia for children

9 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By Linda Pressly
BBC Radio 4, Belgium

Belgium legalised the right to euthanasia for adults in 2002. Now the Senate has voted to extend the law to children who are terminally ill, and suffering unbearable physical pain. Supporters believe this would be a logical move. Opponents say it is insanity. 

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Child Marriage and Religion

3 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Last month, academics, advocates, and religious leaders gathered at an event organized by the Council on Foreign Relations during the American Academy of Religion conference to discuss the relationship between religion and child marriage.

Although global rates of child marriage are on a downward trajectory, progress in curbing this practice has been far too slow. The United Nations estimates that one in three women aged twenty to twenty-four —almost 70 million women total — married under the age of eighteen. Approximately 23 million were married under the age of fifteen, and some were married as young as eight or nine years old. The implications are dire: child marriage is linked to poor health, curtailed education, violence, and lawlessness, all of which threatens international development, prosperity, and stability.

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