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Youth Coalition publishes Post-2015 Brief on Child, Early and Forced Marriage

youthcoalitionWhile the 1994 Program of Action of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) – signed by nearly 200 governments – called for an end to child, early and forced marriage, it was left out of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and if current trends continue, 142 million more girls under the age of 18 will be married by 2020. The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) recognizes the human rights violations integral to child, early and forced marriage as well as negative implications related to poverty, education, health and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The latest YCSRR brief on including youth in the Post-2015 agenda addresses these issues and highlights some of the important connections between child, early and forced marriage, sexual and reproductive rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Post-2015 process has become an important platform to advocate for human rights and as young sexual and reproductive rights advocates, the YCSRR hopes to mobilize young people, revitalize political commitments and assert the connections and importance of including youth sexual and reproductive health and rights – including an end to child, early and forced marriage – into the next agenda. “Including Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights & Child, Early and Forced Marriage” is the sixth in the peer reviewed series that will illuminate the connections between SRR and development issues that are central to youth and must be included in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Each brief includes important definitions, background information and recommendations. Click here to read the brief.

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