Child marriage

UNICEF works to strengthen the role and leadership of Roma communities in tackling child marriage by providing information on alternatives.

UNICEF Serbia/2019/Pancic

UNICEF works to strengthen the role and leadership of Roma communities in tackling child marriage by providing information on alternatives – through community dialogue, direct support to families and engagement of successful young Roma role models.

We support girls from Roma settlements to benefit from education, employment and social resources, by making online services and training available to them.

330 girls, 307 mothers and 54 fathers in 20 Roma settlements benefitted from activities geared toward ending child marriage.

At the national level, we support the National Coalition to End Child Marriage, which consists of more than twenty organizations and institutions dedicated to promoting children’s rights and the eradication of the harmful practice of child marriage in the Republic of Serbia.

The Coalition is co-chaired by the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality under the leadership of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Ternipe, a Roma organization.