CORONAVIRUS: Child marriage cases may increase to millions due to pandemic

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The novel coronavirus pandemic may lead to an additional 13 million cases of child marriage within the next decade, according to a new study by the UN Population Fund, UNFPA.

The report ascertains that these figures are additional cases that could have been prevented without the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to the pandemic, the findings estimate that the existing structures and interventions could have reduced child marriages by almost 60 million within the next decade.

The UNFPA research reveals that many efforts to address child marriage are threatened by the pandemic. Firstly, as schools are shut down due to the pandemic, many girls and even boys are at the risk of early marriage.

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Also, interventions and awareness campaigns cannot be effective now due to social distance orders and movement restrictions. Lastly, anticipated economic downturn from the pandemic will increase the number of people living with poverty and may in turn encourage child marriage.

Child marriage has been internationally declared as, a violation against human right. Despite being outlawed, archaic cultures and poverty have fueled the practice of child marriage in many parts of the world.

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