Following the adoption of a resolution on child, early and forced marriage at the Human Rights Council last September, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is preparing a report on the issue of child, early and forced marriage to be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2014.
The OHCHR is seeking contributions to its report by 15 December.
As civil society, we have an opportunity to influence the report to ensure that it reflects the reality of child, early and forced marriage in communities where it is prevalent, and that it contains strong recommendations to governments on the actions that needs to be taken to address the practice.
This report is likely to set the stage for discussions on the issue at both the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly, so let’s ensure we make our voices heard!
Further details about the call for submissions and ways for organisations to contribute can be found below:
Call for submission on child, early and forced marriage
Civil Society Section
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Pursuant to HRC resolution A/HRC/RES/24/23 on child, early and forced marriage, OHCHR will be submitting a report on this subject to the Human Rights Council at its 26th Session in June 2014.
Accordingly, the OHCHR would like to request any relevant information for the preparation of their report from the following: civil society organizations and networks, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), scholars, research institutions and policy think tanks, community movements, children and youth organizations and networks.
In particular, views and information would be welcome on:
a) How States are implementing their obligations under international human rights conventions and international human rights treaties on child, early and forced marriage at the national level;
b) Steps taken to prohibit child, early and forced marriage as well as examples of positive experience and challenges encountered at the national level in adopting polices, measures and implementing strategies to address this issue;
c) Policies, projects and measures undertaken at national and sub-national levels, including by United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to promote the elimination of child, early and forced marriage specifically including action taken to address the issue in practicing communities, and to address or mitigate its impact, making specific reference to the outcomes of such policies, projects and measures;
d) Surveys, assessments and studies carried out at national and sub-national level on the prevalence of child, early and forced marriage and/or its impact on the human rights of women and girls and other affected groups;
e) Recommendations on or examples of good practices regarding possible appropriate measures and strategies to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage.
Please send your submission to the Women Human Rights and Gender Section of OHCHR by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com) or fax (+41 22 917 9008) by 15 December 2013.
Deadline: 15 December 2013
In the time it has taken to read this article 30 girls under the age of 18 have been married
Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
That is 23 girls every minute
Nearly 1 every 3 seconds