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UN programme aims to eliminate child marriage by 2030

Published 16/03/2016

The programme is being run by the United Nations' children and population agencies
The programme is being run by the United Nations' children and population agencies

A new United Nations programme aimed at ending child marriage by 2030 is targeting girls aged 10 to 19 who are at risk of being married off or who have already wed.

The programme, run by the United Nations' children and population agencies and the United Nations Population Fund, works in 12 countries, including Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and Yemen.

The UN says if child marriages continue at the current rate up to 280 million girls alive today could become child brides before they turn 18.

Officials say the programme will help girls make their own decisions about their futures, strengthen programmes that deliver services to adolescent girls, and put into place laws and policies that protect adolescent girls' rights.

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