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Restraining child marriages: Religious groups against raising minimum age

June 25, 2015 | Mary Gill of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) wants to raise the minimum age stipulated in the Child Marriage Restraint Act.

Swat teenager tackles child marriages

May 19, 2015 | A teenage activist in Swat Valley has taken up the challenge of bringing change to the mindset and traditions of Pakistan’s conservative society.

For shame; seven arrested over child marriage

April 13, 2015 | Nawab Town police took the groom and five other people for marrying a six-year-old girl.

Lawmakers defend child marriages legislation

March 12, 2015 | Work in progress on legislation about domestic violence acid attacks

JI member for sending child marriage, family laws bills to Shariat Court

March 10, 2015 | JI member calls adopted bills on child marriages ' hasty'.

INGOs join hands to combat child marriages

Oxfam and Save the Children launched a new project 'Bachpan Bachao' with the support of the government of Netherlands.

Launch of Child Marriage Free Zone and End Child Marriages portal

In urdu - Baela Raza Jamil spread awareness about the movement to end child marriages.

Call for collective efforts to end child marriages

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) Programmes Director Baela Raza Jamil on said that the mission to end child marriages in Pakistan might be completed through collective efforts of society.

ITA launches End Child Marriages portal

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) has launched the Child Marriage Free Zone in Pakistan and End Child Marriages Portal.

PA passes resolution against child marriage

December 24, 2014 | A resolution against the practice of early age marriages was moved by a progressive female treasury member Azma Zahid Bukhari in the House on a Private Members’ Day.

PA session: Lawmakers pass resolution against child marriages

December 24, 2014 | The Punjab Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday calling for effective legislation to put an end to underage marriages.

PA adopts resolution on underage marriage

December 24, 2014 | The Punjab Assembly unanimously adopted three resolutions, including the one demanding effective legislation to prevent underage marriages.

PA passes resolution against underage marriages

December 23, 2014 | The Punjab Assembly adopted a resolution seeking effective legislation to discourage underage marriages.

Need to rid child marriage law of ambiguities stressed

December 17, 2014 | Experts spoke at the policy dialogue on the implementation of the Child Marriages Act organised by HANDS and Rutgers WPF in collaboration with the Women Development Department at a hotel in Karachi.

26 girls held hostage to settle loan dispute recovered in Karachi

November 29, 2014 | Twenty-six girls, who were being held hostage in a house in Karachi as part of an arrangement to settle a loan dispute between the house-owner and a madrassa teacher, were recovered by police.

Girls' marriageable age proposed at 18

October 26, 2014 | The Khyber Paktunkhwa Child Welfare and Protection Commission (CWPC) has drafted Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2014.

Interactive Theatre: 'How will you save a child being married'

October 22, 2014 | Three day 13th Interactive Theatre Festival held at Human Rights Comission of Pakistan's auditorium .

Media role in preventing child marriages discussed

October 02, 2014 | A two-day workshop on media sensitisation to child marriages organised by Rahnuma-FPAP and Plan International Pakistan was aimed at training media men so that they could play a better role in helping to raise awareness especially on the issue of child marriage.

Child Marriage Laws

June 26, 2014 |The social welfare organization has been working hectically but till now they could not succeed in a legislation regarding the check on such marriage. Alliance against Child Marriages (AACM) is one such organization.

Punjab yet to benefit from anti-child marriage law

June 10, 2014 | Civil society actors in Punjab continue to press the provincial assembly to make marriage between individuals less than 18-years-old a cognizable offence, with strict punishments for those violating the law.

Too young to tie the knot: Ending child marriages

June 05, 2014 | Child marriage is one of the most prevalent forms of violence against women. It leads to estrangement from the family at a very young age. It represses individual freedom and curtails the right to pursue healthy activities or education.

Pakistan's slow but steady progress on ending child marriage

June 02, 2014 | Law passed in Sindh province shows that despite religious opposition, steps taken to outlaw child marriage are taking effect

Sindh Assembly passes bill declaring marriage below 18 is punishable

April 28, 2014 | The Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 was passed in the provincial assembly, declaring marriage below the age of 18 punishable by law.

Early Marriages in Pakistan

April 04, 2014 | This article addresses the causes of early marriages, the problems created by early marriages in Pakistan, and some recommendations to prevent or solve this issue.

Movement against child marriages announced

April 01, 2014 | Shahid Husain, The News Special Correspondent, Special Projects-II, bagged the Rutgers WPF award for writing a report highlighting the detrimental effects of child marriages in Sindh.

View from courtroom: Bill related to child marriages generates heated debate

March 31, 2014 | The tabling of Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the National Assembly by PML-N MNA Marvi Memon and some other members triggered a fresh controversy.

Gordon Brown: Create Pakistan child marriage-free zones

March 29, 2014 | Former prime minister Gordon Brown has announced that "child marriage-free zones" are to be set up in Pakistan.

Pakistani Laws prohibiting underage marriage un-islamic :CII

March 11, 2014 | The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded its 191th meeting, with the ruling that the laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty.

Movement against child marriages announced On International Women’s Days

March 09, 2014 | On International Women’s Days, five national and international non-governmental organisations under the ‘Alliance against Child Marriages’ have announced a ‘Movement against Child Marriages.’

Swara: Swat's child brides married off for 'honour'

February 12, 2014 | Story of a young Pakistani girl Saneeda, who escaped a forced marriage under a local custom of Swara in the Madyan valley of Swat.

Average marriage age for girls 13 in some rural areas

November 06, 2013 | Sixteen civil society organisations formally launched the Alliance against Child Marriages (AACM) Punjab on Tuesday to try and bring up the average age of marriage for girls, which is as low as 13 in some rural areas.

Human rights: ‘Average marriage age for girls 13 in some rural areas’

November 06, 2013 | Sixteen civil society organisations formally launched the Alliance against Child Marriages (AACM) Punjab on Tuesday to try and bring up the average age of marriage for girls, which is as low as 13 in some rural areas.

Child marriage in Pakistan

January 02, 2013 | According to a recent report, 24 per cent of girls married under the age of 18 worldwide last year were from rural Pakistan, whereas 18 per cent were from the country’s urban areas.

Students join campaign to stop early girls marriages

December 08, 2012 | ‘Safeguard My Childhood: Stop Girl Child Marriage’ with this message the campaign to address the harmful practice of girl child marriage was jointly launched at Preston University by ActionAid Pakistan, Plan International and Ideas for Life Trust as part of 16 days of activism on eliminating violence against women.

NGO's launch drive against girl child marriages

November 29, 2012 | To address the harmful practice of girl child marriage, ActionAid Pakistan, Plan International and Ideas for Life Trust jointly launched a campaign with message “Safeguard My Childhood: Stop Girl Child Marriage” at National College of Arts as part of 16 days of activism on eliminating violence against women.

Letters Campaign to get child rights bills passed

October 09, 2012 | The Child Rights Movement (CRM) launched a letter campaign to get various child rights bills, lying in the Parliament, passed by its members.

Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013

N/A | ActionAid, its local partners and the communities we work with are jubilant on passage of “The Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013” declaring marriage below the age of 18 punishable by law.