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Agenda Item: ” Addressing the Increased Risk of Child Marriage in a Post-COVID-19 World”
Summary Of the Item
Child marriage is defined as the formal union between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or even another child. The concept is entrenched in gender inequality, with child marriage among boys one-sixth that of girls. The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly increased the likelihood of child marriage through various pathways which include interruptions in services, economic shocks, and school closures. As a result, approximately 10 million girls will be at risk of becoming child brides over the next decade as a consequence of the pandemic. Delegates will be encouraged to enact comprehensive social protection measures, creating protective policy and legal frameworks, ensuring their right to education, and guaranteeing access to health and social services.