UN warns against setbacks in tackling child marriage.

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The United Nations has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could reverse progress in tackling child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

The UNFPA, the UN’s reproductive and sexual health agency, says an extra 13 million girls could be married off and two million more may endure FGM in the next 10 years.

This is due to the disruption caused by coronavirus.

At the launch of a report into the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices against girls and women, the UNFPA head Natasha Kanem says “the pandemic makes our job harder and more urgent as so many girls are now at risk”

 

Olawunmi Sadiq