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Child, early and forced marriage legislation in 37 Asia-Pacific countries

Child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) is a human rights violation that robs a girl of her childhood, puts her health and growth at risk, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities for empowerment and social development, and increases her risk of exposure to violence and abuse. This paper provides an overview of how the laws of 37 countries in the Asia-Pacific region address the issue of CEFM. Parliamentarians in the Asia-Pacific region have taken vital steps towards the development of legal tools aimed at reducing CEFM and have worked to raise awareness on this issue, but much more needs to be done.

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