Early marriage takes away self-esteem of a girl child, says SC

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Married woman or a married girl child can not be treated as subordinate to her husband or be at his beck and call or his property, the court said, invoking the Constitution that provides equal rights to women. It aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by girls across the world including domestic violence, discrimination and child marriage.

"No society will flourish and no peace agreement will be lasting without empowering girls in peacebuilding and reconstruction", said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This year, over 600 girls in more than 60 countries will take over positions in leadership as a statement on the importance of introducing girls to their ability to lead.

Vincent Belho, general manager, FPAI, Nagaland Branch stated that the International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls' rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. A girl is killed every five minutes, 1 in 4 girls are subjected to child marriage, 71 percent of trafficking victims are female, 63 million girls have experienced genital mutilation and 130 million girls are out of school.

The World Bank reported ending child marriage would increase the educational achievements and earning of girls and reduce population growth.

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Despite the fact that the tradition of child marriage is slowly being outlawed in many countries, over 20,000 girls are still married off illegally each day, Reuters revealed in a new report.

"The University of Winnipeg believes in supporting young girls as they dream big and imagine themselves as future leaders in whatever career path they may choose", said Jarita Greyeyes, director, community learning and engagement, University of Winnipeg.

In order to reduce the problem of female feticides and lack of female education across the nation, the government launched "Dhanalakshmi scheme" in 2008, where it deposits INR 35,000 (about 500 euros) in the girl child's name at different stages from birth till she turns 18.

Some of the placards read "Stop rape", "Stop sexual abuse", "Stop gender-based violence", "Pep for rape survivors".

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