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First International Day of the Girl Child

Panel discussion on preventing early marriage

Place: Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 11 October 2012, 13:15 – 15:00

On 17 November 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/66/170) designating 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child. Ending "child" marriage was chosen as the theme for the first International Day of the Girl Child.

Over 30% of girls in developing countries are married before 18 years of age; around 14% are married before the age of 15. Early marriage is a risk factor for early pregnancy and poor reproductive health outcomes. Furthermore it perpetuates the cycle of under-education and poverty.

On the first International Day of the Girl Child, WHO, UNFPA and the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will host a panel discussion with countries, UN agencies and civil society on early marriage, factors that contribute to it, its health and social effects and how to prevent it.

Hosted by: Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of Netherlands, UNFPA and WHO.

Supported by: Permanent Mission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Permanent mission of Denmark, Permanent mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Young Women’s Christian Association, Girlsnotbrides, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Children’s Fund and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

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