COVID-19: latest news and resources on child marriage and COVID-19

Webinar: Child, early and forced marriage and COVID-19

11:30 am, 18th September 2020

UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme End Child Marriage webinar: Child, early and forced marriage and COVID-19

September 18, 2020 11:30 AM ET

REGISTRATION: You can register to join the webinar here

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming clear that many predictions on the impact of
the pandemic on adolescent girls and young women are becoming a reality. According to global
estimates by UNFPA, the COVID-19 pandemic may result in 13 million extra child marriages in the years
immediately following the health crisis, with at least 4 million more girls married in the next two years, as family livelihoods evaporate and economic crises ensues, pushing families to identify other forms of income generating activities which can harm children. New analysis released by UNICEF also shows the number of children living in poor households could increase by 15 per cent by the end of 2020 as a result of the global pandemic, with nearly two-thirds of these households in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Media outlets and development agencies have been reporting an increase in child marriages as a result
of school closures and the loss of livelihoods. Additional reports include declines in child protection and gender-based violence services; loss of social support for children and their families; lack of access to health-care services, including mental health services; and girls facing increased burdens of unpaid care and domestic work as well as a lack of access to menstrual hygiene management products.

It is against this background that the Governments of Canada and Zambia, with support from UNICEF
and UNFPA, will host an event which will provide an opportunity for member states, young people and
civil society to dialogue on commitments made and innovative measures to eliminate child, early and
forced marriage within the context of COVID-19 and the decade of change (on the road to 2030).