The Harper government has announced an additional $10 million in funding to combat the practice of child marriages in the developing world.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made the announcement in Ottawa on Tuesday as part of the fourth-annual John Diefenbaker Award Ceremony — a ceremony to honour those who show “exceptional courage and leadership in defending human rights.”
This year’s award went to an international organization called Girls Not Brides.
"In all parts of the world, Girls Not Brides gives a voice to those who are silenced by child marriage. They do this by calling for new laws, sharing best practices and engaging with communities," Baird said, calling child marriage “one of the most pressing development challenges of our time.”
"Currently, 700 million girls and women alive today were married as children.This isn’t a cultural nuance or a women’s issue — the impact on health and freedom of so many young girls adds up to a human tragedy. Global efforts to reduce theRead More »from Canada increases funding to fight forced child marriages abroad