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SOURCE World Vision Canada
World Vision launches report on eve of International Women's Day
NEW YORK, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Today World Vision is releasing research that shines a new light on the link between conflict, disasters and child marriage. The report, Untying the Knot: Exploring Early Marriage in Fragile States, highlights the catastrophic impacts of early marriage, ranging from severe sexual and reproductive health complications and an increase in child mortality, to domestic violence, social isolation and extreme poverty.
"Early marriage cuts short childhood. Girls have the right to be girls-they shouldn't have to be mothers and wives yet. It's a violation of human rights, yet many parents believe it's the best way to make sure their daughters are cared for," says Elly Vandenberg, senior director of Policy & Advocacy, World Vision Canada.
"Families consider early marriage a protective measure, especially during a crisis," says Vandenberg. "Parents and children told us how their fears of rape, homelessness, and family shame drove them to early marriage. The sad truth is girls who marry young can be exposed to greater risks of violence, malnutrition and devastating health complications."
World Vision encourages the Government of Canada to take a two-pronged approach:
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