U.S. Department of State Announces New Efforts to Reduce Child Marriage
On October 9th, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a robust set of efforts aimed at ending child marriage, an issue integral to UNFPA’s efforts to ensure every young person’s potential is fulfilled. The initiatives include tracking child marriage in annual Human Rights Reports, pilot programs in Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of the Congo aimed at reducing child marriage, and teacher training programs highlighting gender issues surrounding access to education.

‘School for Husbands’ Encourages Nigerien Men to Improve the Health of Their Families
In the shady village square, forty men aged between 25 and 50 years gathered around their spokesperson. “For four years, we have been criss-crossing the villages night and day to promote family planning, visits to the health centre, antenatal visits, childbirth at the maternity and vaccination,” he told visitors proudly. The men are students at one of four Schools for Husbands in the Bandé rural community (population, 62,844).

A Different Kind of Graduation in South Lebanon
Eva is one of 45 Lebanese graduates afforded the opportunity to participate in life skills and literacy training programs in the aftermath of the July 2006 war on Lebanon. The program spread across 22 war-affected and underserved villages in the country.

Ethiopian Early Marriage Project
In the Amhara region of Ethiopia where Yideneku lives, rates of child marriage are among the highest in the world. Half of all girls in this region are married before their 15th birthday.

Adult Education Offers Options to Iranian Women
In spite of rich oil resources, this area bordering Iraq is one of the poorest and least developed provinces in Iran. Its inhabitants earn far less than the national average of about $400 per person and unemployment is high.

Global Initiative to End Early Marriage
More than two thirds of adolescent girls are married in Bangladesh, Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more than half in Afghanistan, India and Nigeria. In six West African countries, about 44 percent of women marry before the age of 15. Globally, more than 100 million girls are expected to marry in the next decade

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