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Report | Act Now: Accelerating Gender Equality by Eliminating Child Marriage in a Pandemic

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Report | Act Now: Accelerating Gender Equality by Eliminating Child Marriage in a Pandemic

UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage Annual Report 2020
Date of publication: 
12 Oct 2021


UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage
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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.

Building on achievements since its inception in 2016, the programme launched its second phase in 2020, with an emphasis on gender-transformative and human rights-based programming, strengthened global partnerships and an ambitious learning agenda.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme pivoted towards digital and other innovative solutions which ensured that the Global Programme could continue to deliver on its targets. Here are some of our highlights from 2020:

  • More than 4 million girls participated in empowerment programmes
  • More than 160,000 girls enrolled – and were helped to stay – in school
  • More than 6 million boys and men engaged in dialogues on harmful gender norms
  • More than 1,100 service delivery points improved quality of health and protection services for girls

As we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, we are glad to be able to continue to support girls around the world, for them to have a voice, a chance and a future - free from child marriage.

We hope you enjoy the report and its accompanying launch video!

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