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The United Nations Population Fund invites budding and professional photographers to take some time out for a cause.
Forty three percent of women aged 20-24 were married by age 18 (Source:District Level Household Survey 3). The prevalence of marriage before age 18 differs from state to state and is more than 50 percent in the states of Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Girls who are married early are most likely to drop out of school and discontinue formal education. They are also likely to be pushed into early childbearing, which increases the risk of maternal mortality, morbidity and infant death, and malnutrition for the mother and child. Furthermore, girls who are married early also experience low levels of decision making within the family, increased vulnerability to violence and limited access to social and economic resources.
Adolescent girls need to be informed and empowered to resist child marriage, prevent early and unplanned pregnancy, and to be equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to exercise agency. There is urgent need to accelerate action on the ground towards achieving this outcome. The move to include a target on ending child, early and forced marriage in the Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) framework is reflective of both global and national level commitment to address these issues.
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