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Reprod Health. 2012 Nov 20;9:31. doi: 10.1186/1742-4755-9-31.

Preventing child marriages: first international day of the girl child "my life, my right, end child marriage".

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  • 1Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211, Geneva 27, Switzerland. svanemyrj@who.int

Abstract

On 17 November 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/66/170) designating 11 October as the first International Day of the Girl Child choosing ending child marriages as the theme of the day. Child marriage is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl's life. These marriages deny a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of violence and abuse, and jeopardizes her health. The article presents data about the prevalence and effects, contributing factors and recommends action for prevention.

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