Act Now: Accelerating gender equality by eliminating child marriage in a pandemic

UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage Annual Report 2020

A young girl in a school classroom
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Highlights

In the last decade, 25 million child marriages have been averted thanks to accelerated progress in eliminating the practice. However, the speed of elimination is not enough to meet the ambitious target of the Sustainable Development Goals: to end child marriage by 2030. Progress seen is now also under further threat due to the adverse impacts of COVID-19: an additional 10 million girls are now at risk of becoming child brides by the end of the decade because of the pandemic.

A 14 years old girl happy to be back to school
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UNICEF, UNFPA
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