Protecting girls from child marriage during COVID-19 and always: Stories of change

A publication from the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage

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The COVID-19 pandemic, and measures put in place to limit its spread, have had adverse socioeconomic impacts on communities around the world, and risks progress made to end child marriage in the last decade. Hence, it is more important than ever to reimagine approaches to protect girls and accelerate action to end child marriage, supporting interventions that address the context of the current crisis and build the resilience of girls and their families to respond to future potential crises.

This publication highlights the stories of girls who have been reached by various interventions supported by the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage during COVID-19 in 2020. The stories show how the Global Programme has continued to:

  • Empower girls to know their rights, be educated and speak up in their communities
  • Ensure the protection of girls through telephone helplines and outreach of social workers
  • Provide girls with access to sexual and reproductive health information and services
  • Enhance the legal and policy environment to protect girls’ rights
Front page of the human interest stories publication, showing two young girls hugging each other and laughing.

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