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UNICEF, women development dept join hands against child marriage in Punjab

Amid rising trend, experts emphasise that combating child marriage requires collective efforts, unwavering commitment

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A delegation from UNICEF, led by Specialist Child Protection Communication and SBC (social and behaviour change) expert Adeel Jafferi, held a meeting with Secretary Sumaira Samad on Monday to discuss the pressing issue of child marriages.

During the meeting, it was noted that the Christian Marriage Act does not specify a minimum age for marriage, highlighting the need for legal amendments in this regard.

The secretary stressed the importance of interdepartmental coordination involving agencies such as the local government department, police, women ombudspersons and others to effectively address the issue of child marriage.

Samad further mentioned that numerous collaborative sessions have been conducted with the local government department to address child marriage, nikah (marriage) registration, polygamy, and related matters in Punjab.

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“We are committed to working closely with UNICEF and other stakeholders to protect the rights and well-being of our children,” Secretary Samad added.

It is important to note that the ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ is an annual international campaign that commences on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and continues until December 10, Human Rights Day.

This campaign serves as a global organizing strategy, uniting individuals and organizations in their call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

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