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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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This paper outlines key issues of relevance to women’s political participation at the sub-national level in Nepal and Bangladesh and refers to important contributions that document these aspects of women’s political participation.
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East and Southeast Asia Programme Country Briefs: China