Unintended consequences of enforcement of Child Marriage Laws
Thursday, 9 July 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (New York time)
1. The More Than Brides Alliance The More Than Brides Alliance (MTBA) consists of Save the Children Netherlands, Oxfam Novib, Simavi and Population Council, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. https://morethanbrides.org/ In collaboration with: 2. Her Choice Alliance consists of Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland, The Hunger Project, International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI), University of Amsterdam http://www.her-choice.org/en/home/ 3. Girls Not Brides; the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/ 4. Partners for Law in Development (PLD) https://pldindia.org/
Insecurity increases child marriage, and we expect that the COVID-19 pandemic will be no different: UNFPA estimates an additional 13 million child marriages will occur between 2020-2030 because of COVID-19. Now more than ever ending child marriage needs to be on the global agenda. As COVID-19 limits on-the-ground programmatic activities, changing and enforcing minimum age at marriage laws may become a more feasible child marriage prevention approach. Bringing together a global panel of program and research experts, our overall objective is to raise the issue of unintended consequences of the enforcement of child marriage laws in the context of COVID-19.