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7Jan/13Off

EASTERN EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA: WHO and UN Determined to Prevent Early Marriages Among Roma and Asians

Pn14.info on 7 January reported that Moldova, Georgia, Turkey and Tajikistan have the highest rates of early marriage in the region. Early marriage can have long-term negative consequences for the physical and mental health of adolescent girls including complications of early pregnancy - the main cause of death for girls aged 15 to 19 years. Young wives are also usually not able to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

The WHO, the United Nations Population Fund and its international partners are determined to put an end to the practice of early marriage. They call on states to recognize that early marriage is a violation of human rights and a threat to the health and safety of young people and to develop a strategy to prevent this harmful tradition. Read in Russian: Pn14.info

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