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Harmful practices event: Accelerating efforts to eliminate FGM and child, early and forced marriage by 2030 (CSW62 Side Event)
14 Mar 2018 -  The African continent is undergoing a profound demographic shift that will see the child population grow by more than 67 percent over the next 35 years. Within this population is the African adolescent girl. In the Africa, today, she will grow up in a world where girl’s education has improved, more women have joined the formal labor market, progress in key health arenas including maternal mortality has been reduced and greater access to essential services has been realized. What has not been addressed though are the deeply embedded patriarchal norms that pervade across all levels at national, community and individual levels, and continue to be key blockages for actualizing a transformative reality for women and girls across the continent. These norms and structural factors related to economic, social and cultural inequalities have resulted in harmful practices against the adolescent girl such as FGM/C and Child Marriage.

An interactive session that will provide an opportunity for the member states to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to eliminate child marriage and FGM/C in Africa by 2030. This event will complement others sessions during the meeting by the Governments of Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia.
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