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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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Second in a series of Staying Alive reports, this report has collated information on the establishment of infrastructure under PWDVA, maps emerging – and sometimes ad-hoc – practices that have been adopted to cover up silences in the law.