Friday, August 12

Ending child marriage remains Unicef Malaysia’s top priority


KUALA LUMPUR: In line with International Women’s Day observed yesterday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Malaysia, reiterated its commitment to end child marriage, which remains the organisation’s top priority.

In this regard, the organisation said that it would continue to work together with the government and other stakeholders for children.

In a statement issued here yesterday, Unicef said that as Malaysia moved towards achieving high-income nation status, it was even more crucial that all Malaysian children have equal rights and access to services and opportunities to achieve their full potential.

“In marking International Women’s Day today, let us not allow child marriage to rob our children, especially girls, of their opportunity to thrive,” the organisation said.

It pointed to remarks made by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim a couple of weeks ago regarding child marriage.

Rohani had said that child marriage was a serious violation of human rights that impacts all aspects of a child’s life, especially girls.

She had also stated that early marriages among children were not encouraged in this country as they will only affect their health and psychological development.

The minister highlighted that society and parents should be aware about the state of mental and physical preparedness when there was such a request from their child to get married early.

This year’s Women’s Day is themed ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,’ which is the official United Nations theme to reflect on how to accelerate and build momentum for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for

Sustainable Development. — Bernama