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Call for submission of written contributions to the report of the Secretary-General on progress towards ending child, early and forced marriage worldwide

Issued by

OHCHR

Deadline

26 May 2023

Purpose: OHCHR invites Member States, United Nations bodies, agencies, funds and programmes, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to submit written inputs to inform the drafting of the report of the Secretary-General on progress towards ending child, early and forced marriage worldwide, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 77/202 on “Child, early and forced marriage”.

Guiding questions

  1. What efforts have been made or are planned to implement General Assembly resolution A/RES/77/202 and address the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s latest report on the issue of child, early and forced marriage (A/77/282)? Please, provide information, inter alia, on measures to:
    1. address the root causes of child, early and forced marriage including social norms, gender inequalities and stereotypes;
    2. ensure access to education, decent work, social protection, health services, including sexual and reproductive health, for girls and women who are affected or at risk, who are already married or in informal unions, who have fled such a marriage or union, whose marriage has dissolved, and widowed girls or women who were married as girls;
    3. guarantee protection measures, remedies and support services for victims;
    4. implement child- and gender-responsive budgeting to support effective measures to eradicate child, early and forced marriage.
  2. What prevention mechanisms have proved effective to eradicate child, early and forced marriage? Please include examples of promising practices and challenges encountered on engaging family members, religious, traditional and community leaders, in raising awareness about, and countering child, early and forced marriage.
  3. What kind of approaches and tools have been used to collect disaggregated data on child, early and forced marriages, as well as informal unions? Please share challenges encountered, up-to-date information, including disaggregation categories and statistics.
  4. Have digital technologies and tools been used to address child, early and forced marriage? If so, please share promising practices, challenges and possible solutions.
  5. Are digitalized birth and marriage registration systems being used in your country, requiring mandatory registration of all births and marriages, including childbirths at home and marriages under customary and religious laws? Do these digitalized registration systems allow to verify digitally birth certificates, before registering any marriage?
  6. What other innovative strategies have been used to address child, early and forced marriage, as well as informal unions and collect data on this practice in your country?
Next Steps

Contributions must be received by 26 May 2023.

E-mail address:
[email protected] with [email protected] in CC:

E-mail subject line:
input to SG report on child, early and forced marriage, pursuant to GA resolution 77/202

Word limit:
3000 words

File format:
Word

Accepted languages:
English, French and Spanish. Submissions will not be translated.

Please include in your submission the name of the organization and individual making the written submission. Submissions will be made publicly available, in full and as received, on the OHCHR website, unless otherwise requested. Should you not wish to have your response published, please clearly indicate this in your e-mail and submission.

Written contributions exceeding 3000 words, submitted in languages other than English, French and Spanish, or in format different than Word, will not be reviewed and posted.