Civil Society organizations, today, in a seminar in Islamabad adopted a resolution to support and empower girls. The seminar was organized and attended by members of Girls Not Brides – a global network of organizations working for eliminating child marriages. The seminar was attended by many other groups and organizations as well in addition to other stakeholders including government officials, media persons and general public. The text of the resolution is given below:
Whereas 17 SDGs could not be achieved without significant progress to end child marriage, including those related to poverty, health, education, nutrition, food security, inequality and economic growth.
Whereas according UNICEF (State of the World’s Children 2016) report. It is estimated that 21% of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18.
Whereas investing in international aid programs specifically directed to empowering women and girls has been shown to increase the levels of education, decrease rates of child marriage and teen birth, and to dramatically improve sexual and reproductive health including reduction of violence against women and girls; and
Whereas in those countries where investments have been made in such programs, girls have become powerful forces in economic, cultural, and political change.
Therefore be it resolved that the Participants of the seminar of International Day of the Girl Child 2017, Girls Not Brides members in Pakistan along with other civil society groups work to encourage the Federal and Provincial Govts of Pakistan:
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