The Unicef defines “Early/ Child Marriage” as any formal or informal marriage between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child, which is one of the worst forms of violence that children are exposed to, especially girls. According to the United Nations, there are, almost, 12 million girls, under the age of 18, who get married annually. On the National level, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics stated that the percentage of underage marriages is almost 15% of the total marriages in Egypt, and the percentage increases in the poorer governorates. The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) has stated that child marriage is a flagrant assault on the children’s rights, especially girls, for whom marriage places heavy physical and psychological responsibilities and burdens, that deprive them of education and basic safety measures.
Moreover, the National Council for Women (NCW) has stressed, in a statement issued on November 10, 2020, that child marriage is a human trafficking crime, and that there are approximately 111,000 girls, who age from 13-17, who are forced to get married annually.
As part of the efforts to combat this crime, Tadwein Gender Research Center, in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, organized a round table, on December 10, 2020, to announce the outcomes of the “Towards an Effective Societal Efforts to Combat Early Marriage issue” project.