KATHMANDU, DEC 18 - A delegation of Saarc member states and civil society organisations have proposed establishing a framework to end the practise of child marriage existing in South Asian countries.
They made this remark during two-day regional consultation on “Solidarity for the children of Saarc—Regional Meeting to Review Commitments and actions for the Girl Child and to Develop Regional Action Plan to End Child Marriage” organised in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the relevant initiatives and identified key priorities to develop a regional action plan on ending child marriage.
The meeting proposed a framework to coordinate, standardise and monitor efforts to end child marriage with the provisions such as making 18 the minimum marriageable age, improving girl’s access to education, creating opportunities for girls, supporting married women and informing them about reproductive health and HIV prevention and addressing the root causes of child marriage, among other things.
Ahmed Saleem, Saarc secretary general, said that the vulnerability to child marriage in the South Asian region calls for a redoubled action. Also speaking on the occasion, Nobuko Horibe, UNFPA regional director, emphasised the need to establish a critical link between every girl child in this region and the policies that shape up their lives.
Posted on: 2012-12-19 08:24