A Childhood Lost


A Childhood Lost is a report on child marriage in the UK and the developing world from the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health. The report states that though child marriage is most prevalent in the developing world, there are increasing evidence of child marriage happening in the UK and other developed countries. The number of British children being forced into marriage is hard to gauge, as these marriages are not usually officially registered, but we do know that 14% of calls to the Forced Marriage Unit’s helpline during 2012 were regarding the marriage of children under 15 years old. The report has also put on record the suffering of the girls and has heard from many specialists in the field on the causes in families and society of this practice.  The ways of discouraging child marriage in the long term have also been discussed in the report, both by further legislation in the country and by encouraging other countries to follow.  

http://www.appgpopdevrh.org.uk/ A%20Childhood%20Lost%20lowres.pdf

Ann Mette Kjaerby, UK All Party Parliamentry Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health



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