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Child marriage is the most pressing problem in the world today.  

Sexual and reproductive rights are the basis of women empowerment without which gender equality cannot be achieved. In order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030, gender equality must be put at the heart of the international agenda. The realization of women’s human rights is a goal in itself; it is also a driver of democracy, sustainable development, poverty eradication, stability and sustainable peace. If child marriage is not tackled, the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 in which Gender Equality is a key component of the 2030 agenda, will be difficult to achieve.  

In the year 2016, 44.6% of all girls in the world were married before the age of 18, of which most of them were between 12 to 16 years of age. Of them, 28.4 million were girls from the South Asian region mainly Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Currently, despite near-universal commitment to end child marriage, one in three girls in the developing world is married or in a union before age 18. If nothing is done to change this trend, in the next ten years, 140 million girls will be married before they turn 18 and 50 percent of these child brides will be from our region Every day, an estimated 47,700 girls under age 18 are married or at risk of being married. Bangladesh, India and Nepal are considered “hot spots” due to the high prevalence of child marriage in the region (Bangladesh 52%, India 47%, and Nepal 37%) and account for almost half of all child marriages that occur globally, even though it is illegal under national and international laws. Sadly, the practice persists with impunity.  

Through underage marriage, girls miss out on their childhood and compromise their physical, mental and reproductive health. In Nepal, for instance, 37% of girls marry before age 18 and 10% are married by age 15 and 1.3 million children between 10 and 19 years of age are at risk of being married and 24.5 percent of girls between 15 and 18 years of age are currently married. Other experts, however, believe that the 1.3 million figure has increased by 15 % after the devastating earthquake of 2015 as it left hundreds of thousands of poor families homeless and displaced and insecure. In calamity and conflict situations that South Asia is famous for, problems such as child marriage and gender based violence escalate, among other social problems.  

Child marriage is a serious violation of a girl’s human rights, denying her voice, choice and control, robbing her of the right to choose her own future and putting her at greater risk of dropping out of school, being a victim of lifelong servitude, domestic violence, pregnancy complications and death through early childbirth. Child marriage reinforces the gendered nature of poverty, with limited education and skills, bringing down the potential of the girl, her family, her community and her country. These hinder a girl throughout her adult life and into the next generation. If child marriage is not tacked, the numbers of teenage mothers will be huge in South Asia. In addition to negatively affecting the girls' education, health, and overall development, child marriage also has adverse national socio-political and economic implications in terms of overall progress in our region. Child marriage is not confined to any one sector, and it does not affect only women and children - but boys and men too - from childhood to adulthood, and throughout life.

Education and awareness campaign is crucial for behavior change. Communication and awareness programs at the grassroots are very limited and sporadic. This will be the first project of its kind to raise awareness.  

VICTIM ASSISTANCE SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL (VASI), A UNITED STATES BASED NON-PROFIT, IN COLLABORATION WITH MEDIA ALERT AND RELIEF FOUNDATION, A SOUTH ASIAN NON-PROFIT BASED IN NEPAL, IS IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING AN EDUCATIONAL FILM CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE CRIMINAL PRACTICE OF CHILD AND FORCED MARRIAGE. THE AIM IS TO COMPLETE THE PRODUCTION BY THE END OF 2017 AND DISSEMINATE THE EDUCATIONAL FILM IN VILLAGES AND COMMUNITIES IN NEPAL, BANGLADESH AND INDIA AND ALSO GLOBALLY IN LOCAL LANGUAGES. PLEASE VISIT www. vasinternational.org, OR CONTACT US IF YOU NEED FURTHER INFORMATION.  

This is the most pressing social cause. Please contribute generously to make an impact and help in eliminating child and forced marriage. Please share this page with your friends and family. We will give due credit to you in the film itself as a generous contributor to this film and campaign. YOU WILL BE PROUD. Thank you so much.

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So far, all evidence-based research and pre-production work has been completed using our own resources. We want to enter the production phase without delay and complete all production, post-production work by the end of 2017. We seek your generous contributions (from everywhere) as we lack the needed funds to complete this educational film for social awareness against the criminal practice of child and forced marriage. We will be grateful.

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