Covid-19 pandemic could lead to increase in child marriage over the next 10 years: UNICEF

Covid-19 pandemic could lead to increase in child marriage over the next 10 years: UNICEF


In its new analysis published on March 8, International Women’s Day, UNICEF drew attention to the risk that the pandemic could increase child marriages.

Stating that even before the epidemic, 100 million girls were at risk of child marriage, UNICEF warned that the situation of millions of girls who are in a difficult situation due to the epidemic has worsened and that there may be an increase of 10 million more child marriages in the next 10 years.

UNICEF Director Henrietta Fore said that the closure of schools, children staying away from friends, growing poverty, family losses and pregnancy “are fueling the child marriage fire that the world is already trying to extinguish.”

According to UNICEF, it is estimated that around 650 million women are married as children, and half of child marriages occur in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India and Nigeria.


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