Video IntroductionEnding Child Marriage: A Program to Accelerate Global Action
ZONTA/UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
Zonta is passionate about providing life-changing opportunities for women and girls throughout the world.
By partnering with agencies of the United Nations (UN) and other recognized non-governmental organizations, Zonta works to improve women’s health, education, and economic opportunities as well as to prevent gender-based violence.
Since Zonta’s first service project, Zonta has contributed more than $32.7M to International Service projects and Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women projects.
Ending Child Marriage Globally
An additional commitment of $1.5 million through UNICEF* to support Phase II of the Global Programme to End Child Marriage through 2022.
The Global Programme to End Child Marriage is designed to address the issue of ending child marriage over a 15-year period from 2015 through 2030.
During this time, the priority is to empower adolescent girls as key agents of change in the following 12 countries with a high prevalence of child marriage: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia.
Each year, 12 million girls under the age of 18, approximately 21% of girls worldwide, are married, robbing them of their childhood.
Child marriage is globally recognized as a harmful practice and a human rights violation.
Despite laws against it, the practice of child marriage remains widespread and can be found in cultures, religions, ethnicities and countries around the world.
Ending child marriage requires addressing the complex sociocultural and structural factors underpinning the practice.
Zonta has supported ending child marriage since 2014, contributing $2 million to delay early marriage in Niger from 2014-2018. From 2018-2020, Zonta contributed $2 million to the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage – the first private-sector donor to the Global Programme. In 2020, Zonta announced an additional commitment of $1,500,000 to UNICEF to support Phase II of the Global Programme through 2022. Overall goals of Phase II include:
- Elevating the voice and agency of adolescent girls.
- Increasing resources and opportunities for adolescent girls and their families.
- Enhancing legal and political action to prevent child marriage and to support married, divorced or widowed adolescent girls.
* For more information about UNICEF please visit https://www.unicef.org/