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Experts Warn Child Marriage, FGM Threaten Development Progress

News outlets discuss a new report from UNICEF on child marriages and genital mutilation, as well as the first summit to end child marriages.

Associated Press: Britain, U.N. host 1st summit to end child marriages
“More than 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18, the United Nations’ children agency said Tuesday, as it co-hosts a London summit calling for more progress to end child marriages and the practice of female genital mutilation…” (Hui, 7/21).

The Guardian: Child marriage: one in three brides under 18 wed before 15th birthday
“…As activists, politicians and campaigners gather for the first Girl Summit on child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), a report by UNICEF, the U.N.’s children’s agency, reveal the devastating situation of millions of women…” (Topping, 7/21).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: “No time to lose” in tackling FGM and child marriage — UNICEF
“Booming population growth in regions where child marriage and female genital mutilation are common threatens to undermine progress on tackling both abuses, which blight the lives of hundreds of millions of girls, experts say…” (Batha, 7/22).

TIME: 700 Million Women Were Child Brides, UNICEF Says
“UNICEF released staggering new data Tuesday outlining the prevalence of child marriage and genital mutilation that continues to impact hundreds of millions of girls and women around the world…” (Stampler, 7/22).

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