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Europe and Zambia lead on UN resolution to end kid, early and forced marriage

Nov 15, 2022 – Ottawa, Canada – Global Affairs Canada “Canada is committed to working with partners  and the international community  to end this harmful exercise and to protect girls plus women from its harmful effects.   Ending CEFM and upholding  the rights associated with girls and women indicate a fairer, more secure and more prosperous future for us every. We cannot afford to find out hard-won progress slowed down or even set back. ”  “CEFM is a violation associated with human rights and helps prevent girls and women through reaching their full possible. Too often, it results in a finish to  girls’  education,   jeopardizes their health  plus exposes them to  discrimination, abuse and  violence, including  sexual and  gender-based assault. It  also limits their ability to fully contribute to the development of their families, communities and countries. “Despite the progress produced in reducing  CEFM over the last decade,   the impact from the COVID-19  pandemic and other global crises  are putting more than  13  million extra girls at risk of CEFM over the next decade.   This is actually the fifth time that Canada and Zambia have co-led the resolution at the EL General Assembly.   The resolution sets out key activities to help achieve Target five. 3 of Sustainable Advancement Goal 5, which aspires to eliminate all harmful practices, such as CEFM, by 2030. “Today, the Un General Assembly’s Third Panel adopted  a resolution to end child, early and forced relationship (CEFM). Canada is very pleased to have joined Zambia in leading this resolution, which received  broad support  from the total of 125 co-sponsors from around the world, reaffirming the particular vital importance of this issue.   The resolution highlights  the particular urgent need to  reach the  poorest and most marginalized girls and women—those who are the hardest to reach—while  calling  upon the worldwide community to  step up attempts to  accelerate progress to end CEFM, including for girls and women  in vulnerable situations. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of International Affairs, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan,   Minister of International Development plus Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency associated with Canada, today issued the next statement:


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