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Ending Child Marriage: A View from Pakistan

Girls are ready for marriage the moment they reach puberty. That's the pronouncement of one of Pakistan's most influential religious and constitutional bodies, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which has also declared that banning child marriage is anti-Islamic.

But the CII's controversial statements should not detract from the progress being made in addressing child marriage in Pakistan, writes GCAP Global Council member Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman.

In an article first published in The Guardian, Zia explains that a law passed unanimously in Sindh Province - which prevents marriage for youth under the age of 18, irrespective of gender, and which punishes those who faciliate these unions - could pave the way for similar actions in other provinces and at the national level.

 

GCAP Tribute: In Memory of Wangari Maathai

I am writing to share messages from GCAP coalitions and constituencies as we mourn the demise of the visionary and indefatigable leader, Wangari Maathai, who has been a global symbol of strength, hope and conviction in the power of lasting change that is driven by women and local communities.
 
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