UNGA Resolution on Forced and Early Child Marriage
Over 100 countries co-sponsored a resolution on child, early and forced marriage at the Human Rights Council, calling for the elimination of child, early and forced marriage to be considered in the post-2015 development agenda. The resolution was unanimously adopted and is the first to be passed on the issue at the Human Rights Council.
The resolution recognises child, early and forced marriage as a human rights violation that “prevents individuals from living their lives free from all forms of violence” and negatively impacts the “right to education, and the highest attainable standard of health, including sexual and reproductive health.”
It received cross-regional support from 107 different countries, including countries with high rates of child marriage including Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Chad, Guatemala, Honduras and Yemen.
CDF welcomes the development in global efforts to prevent and eliminate the practice of child, early and forced marriage. The resolution recognises that: “the elimination of child, early and force marriage should be considered in the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda”.
The resolution also stresses the value of empowering and investing in women and girls for “breaking the cycle of gender inequality and discrimination, violence and poverty” and for bringing about “sustainable development and economic growth.” It acknowledges the multi-faceted impact of child, early and forced marriage on the “economic, legal, health and social status of women and girls” as well as “the development of the community as a whole”.
The Human Rights Council is the leading UN body responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. The resolution calls for a panel discussion on the issue of child, early and forced marriage at a session of the Human Rights Council in 2014.
Link for UN Resolution: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/C.3/69/L.23/Rev.1