Webinar on Child Early and Forced Marriages (CEFM) and COVID-19
Challenges of dealing with CEFM during humanitarian crisis
03:30 pm (PKT) to 06:00 pm (PKT)
2nd October 2020
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89033673244?pwd=Q09ldE1FazhrT1ZKc2RiVVZ3Ym1ydz09
Meeting ID: 890 3367 3244
About the webinar:
This webinar is being held as part of the South Asian Virtual Conference on Prevention of Forced and Early Marriages during and post COVID-19.
Shirakat- Partnership for Development with the support MenEngage Alliance global and South Asia is organizing a digital conference on ‘Prevention of Forced and Early Marriages during and post COVID-19’. Child, early, and forced marriage are forms of GBV and violations of human rights. When girls marry young they often drop out of school, experience poor health outcomes, are less economically and agriculturally productive, thus restrain them to use their full potential for their wellbeing. Additionally, poverty, food insecurity, conflict and crisis, cultural traditions, and discrimination towards girls cause a child and forced marriages.
It has been reported in various researches that the ratio of CEFM surge in situations of crisis such as disasters, conflict, and pandemics. Similarly, the COVID-19 is likely to cause an increase in the number of early and forced marriages due to the economic recession and a significant decrease in economic opportunities and loss of employment. According to an estimate by UNICEF and UNWOMEN, coronavirus could put an extra 04 million girls at risk of early and forced marriage. The aim of this digital Conference is to develop strategies and deliberate on engaging men and boys to prevent Child Early and Forced Marriages in the humanitarian crisis in South Asia. The conference also aims to unpack the harmful masculinities which are hindering to curb the social evil early and forced marriages. Experts from other South Asian Countries and Pakistan will be invited digitally to share their perspectives, experiences, and help in developing the discourse on engaging men is pivotal to curtail this jeopardy.
Objectives of the webinar:
1. To preview the state of early and forced marriages in South Asia during COVID-19,
2. To identify factors linked to the outbreak of COVID-19 leading to an increase in early and forced marriages,
3. To deliberate on challenges of dealing with CEFM during the humanitarian crisis
Deepening the Dialogue: Strategies for Working with Men and Boys for Prevention of Child Early and Forced Marriages
Dates – October or November 2020
Venue – Islamabad, Pakistan
Shirakat – Partnership for Development
MenEngage Alliance South Asia
MenEngage Alliance, Pakistan
Gender Studies Department, University of Punjab (Confirmed)
Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Gender Studies Departments of Universities in South Asia (to be confirmed)
Organisers and Sponsors
Global MenEngage Alliance; MenEngage Alliance South Asia; MenEngage Alliance Pakistan
(Below are possibilities, more need to be identified and confirmed)
South Asian Regional Foundations and Donors
IPPF, SAARC Fund, DFID, USAID, Ford, MacArthur, Packard, OSF, ??
UNFPA, UNWomen, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO, OHCHR
From India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan:Ministries of Women’s Development; Ministries of Human Rights; Ministries of Education, Health and other relevant Ministries; Departments of Women’s Development, National Commission on Human Rights, Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses; Youth Groups; CSOs; Media; Creative Artists; Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan
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