The Summer of the Summit – Now What for Child, Early and Forced Marriage?

Written by Lena Minchew (IWHC), Lyric Thompson (ICRW) and Erin Kennedy (CARE USA), co-chairs of Girls Not Brides USA, the US partnership to end child marriage on Girls Not Brides blog

“2014 may just prove to be the year that changed the course for child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). So far this year we’ve seen significant statements, commitments and dollars put forward on the global stage.

In just the last four months, the African Union launched its Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa and the Girl Summit, a day dedicated to ending CEFM and female genital mutilation, in July prompted an unprecedented number of financial and programmatic commitments from an unprecedented number of countries – both donor countries and countries facing a high-prevalence of child marriage.”

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1 Comment on "The Summer of the Summit – Now What for Child, Early and Forced Marriage?"

  1. Aouthor and Engineer,.s.suryanarayana,A-1,FLAT NO-507,MODI BUILDERS,QUTUBULLAPUR,HYDERABAD,INDIA-PIN-500054 | September 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply

    Agreed,yes we as society shall allow the boys and girls to reach their maturity age.Let us not forget that a few decades back we worried about the sexual abuses on young boys employed on domestic and other works.Today we have no gender discrimination in marriages.
    Yet shall we not focus on issues such as Puberty which is starting on average in girls between ages 8-13 and in boys between ages 9-14.
    Thyroid,diabetics not detected before puberty by parents because lack of awareness.Scientific research links hypothyroidism to heart disease, diabetes, as per some research papers,and these girls untreated of these become mothers with a huge problems of public health.[www.webmd.com/children/guide/causes-symptoms]
    For a parent, discovering that your child is entering puberty early can be alarming. Why is it happening? Can your child really handle the effects — both physical and psychological?
    Girls who show significant signs of puberty and its progression before age 7 and boys before age 9 are considered precocious. About 1 out of 5,000 children are affected.There are two types of precocious puberty, central and peripheral.
    Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual removal of the external female genitalia.Is another issue,while the hunting problem is genitic disorders in new born in Asia and Africa because of cousin marriage which have varied effects on lives and disabilities for children born,are a cause of worry and burden for the society.Please do add them while making a cmprehensive paper on role of young women in society.

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