LAHORE (PR): Rahnuma-FPAP and Plan International Pakistan have launched a project on child marriage in three districts of Punjab province. The financial support has been provided by Swedish donor Postcode Lottery through Plan Sweden National Office. Launching ceremony of a new project to stop child marriage in Pakistan was held at a local hotel.  Beguma Zakia Shahnawaz, minister for Population Welfare in Punjab assured full support for bringing reforms in legislation related to child marriage.

Other guests included Jamshed Ahmad Dasti (MNA), Atta Muhammad Manika (Provincial Minister), Farah Manzoor Rind (MPA), Farzana Mir (MPA). Nasar Ullah Zarai (MPA Blauchistan), Zia Allah Bangsh (MPA KPK) etc. attended the meeting. Nabeela Malick (Dir. Advocacy) gave detailed briefing on the initiatives conducted by Rahnuma-FPAP.

The speakers said that child marriage is one of the most wide-spread human right’s violations worldwide and girls are being affected more as compared to boys. More than 60 million girls around the world were married under the age of 18 last year. Pakistan shares a major portion in the early marriage as 42 per cent of girls married under the age of 18 years across the globe were from Pakistan.