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Child marriage takes away a girl’s right to safe and healthy childhood, quality and complete education that can lead to decent economic opportunities, and social and political empowerment. Pakistan has the 6th highest number of girls married before the age of 18 in the world. Child marriage is prevalent due to several reasons including deeply entrenched traditions and customs, poverty, lack of awareness and/or access to education, and lack of security.
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The study shared at a workshop on ‘Gender and Land Tenure Security: Challenges and Barriers to Women’s Entitlement to Land in India’ organized by UN Women and the Rural Development Institute explores challenges which prevent rural women from owning and controlling land.