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The review report of the 5-year implementation of the Scheme “The minimization of child marriage and consanguineous marriage in Ethnic minority areas” will focus on reviewing the outcomes achieved in the period 2015-2020 in line with the key objectives and tasks; identifying advantages, difficulties and challenges in implementing the Scheme; drawing lessons learned and making recommendations to continue with effective implementation of the Scheme in the period 2021-2025.
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.
Among the urgent challenges to peace and security posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity has emerged as a new and critical area for the application of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in Asia and the Pacific.