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Child Marriage

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Sexual and reproductive rights are the basis of women empowerment without which gender equality cannot be achieved. In order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality must be at the heart of international agenda. Through underage marriage, girls lose out on their childhood and compromise their physical, mental and reproductive health. 37% of girls in Nepal marry before age 18 and 10% are married by age 15. In Nepal, 1.3 million children between 10 and 19 years of age are at risk of being married and 24.5 percent of girls between 15 and 18 years of age are currently married. Other experts, however, believe that the 1.3 million figure has increased by 15 % after the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015 as it left hundreds of thousands of poor families homeless and displaced, among others. In Nepal, lack of economic security, displacement, societal instability, lack of education and awareness, age old traditional practices and superstitions, poverty, caste and dowry systems and the stigma associated with premarital sex, force some parents to seek early marriage for a girl child. These are some of the main reasons that child marriage, under-age marriage, and forced marriage is thriving in Nepal. Child marriage in Nepal was outlawed back in 1963. The government promises reforms, but in towns and villages across the country, nothing has changed. In 15 out of 75 districts in Nepal, child marriage is unacceptably high. Victim Assistance Support International( VASI) in collaboration with Media Alert and Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare is in the process of developing a film project for Nepal, a national campaign, to raise awareness on child marriage and issues. The aim is to complete production by the end of 2017 and disseminate the film across Nepal in multiple local languages as a nationwide campaign. Contact us for further information on this This is a national cause and we created this campaign for everyone to contribute at various impact levels. Be sure to review the ways you can make an impact and please share this page with your family and friends. Your involvement is critical to our success and solving this issue. Thank you again for your help.

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