UNICEF: Eight percent of young women in the country were married before they turned 18 – we must end child marriages

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UNICEF Representative PatriziaDiGiovannicalls for more action on International Women’s Day to end child marriages.

“This International Women’s Day, as we stand together to champion gender equality and prioritize women’s well-being, we cannot ignore one of the grave consequences of entrenched gender inequality – child marriages,” DiGiovanni said in a press statement on Friday.

“Despite a steady decline in this harmful practice over the past decade, child marriage remains a concern for girls in North Macedonia. Eight percent of all women aged 20-24 years in the country were first married or in a union before they were 18 years old. Even more worrying, 45 percent of Roma women aged 20-24 years in the country were first married or in union before they were 18 years old, and 15 percent of women of the same age group were married or in union before age 15,” DiGiovanni stressed.

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