THE social, humanitarian and cultural (third) committee of the United Nations (UN) has adopted a resolution aimed at ending early and forced marriages.
The adopted resolution would be co-chaired and co-sponsored by Zambia and Canada. According to a statement by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the UN, Chibaula Silwamba, the third committee of the UN adopted by consensus the resolution titled ‘Child, Early, and Forced Marriage’ with a record 109 member-States as co-sponsors. Zambia’s envoy to the UN Mwaba Kasese-Bota told the 193 UN member States on Thursday last week that so many children had been forced into early marriages, a practice which deprived them of the full enjoyment of their rights as children. The practice also set them up for a compromised adulthood where they were unlikely to realise their full potential.
Dr Kasese-Bota said the high number of co-sponsors demonstrated the global support for the elimination and possible eradication of child, early and forced marriage.
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