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Human Rights Without Frontiers debate on Child Marriage

Human Rights Without Frontiers debate on Child Marriage

| October 14, 2018

Welcome to the first of a series of EU Reporter discussion programmes, brought to you in partnership with Human Rights Without Frontiers. Today we’re looking at Child Marriage, defined as a marriage in which one or both of the people getting married is below the legal age of consent in that country. Of course, in […]

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#ChildMarriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge

#ChildMarriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge

One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15. Child marriages limit future prospects as children are usually forced to drop out of school. Girls also face dangerous complications from pregnancy and childbirth, the leading causes of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. They […]

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#Bangladesh: New law must outlaw all marriages involving children, say MEPs

#Bangladesh: New law must outlaw all marriages involving children, say MEPs

MEPs note with concern the adoption of the Child Marriage Restraint Act, which has loopholes providing for “legal authorisation for child marriage” in Bangladesh, the country with the highest rate of child marriage in Asia. The Act allows exceptions to the minimum age of marriage of 18 for women and 21 for men to be […]

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What role for European Parliament in ending child marriage?

What role for European Parliament in ending child marriage?

Child marriage is a violation of children’s human rights. This harmful practice, which mostly affects girls, is widespread, despite being prohibited by international human rights law. Indeed, it is estimated that one in three girls in the developing world will be married by her eighteenth birthday. If nothing is done to stop current trends, an […]

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