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10 million girls at risk of dropping out of school because of the COVID-19 pandemic: RTE Forum -Divya Trivedi Ten million girls in India could drop out of secondary school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Right to Education Forum policy brief. With 1.6 million girls aged 11 to 14 years currently out of school, the pandemic could disproportionately impact girls further by putting them at risk of Early Marriage, early pregnancy, poverty, trafficking and violence. Released on January 24, the International Day of Education and National Girl...

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Pandemic, poverty spur child marriages in Madhya Pardesh -Anup Dutta

-The Hindu Loss of livelihoods has pushed poor families to opt for Early Marriages The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have proved to be new drivers of child marriages in rural Madhya Pradesh with several reports of such ceremonies from different parts of the State during the ongoing marriage season. “I am a widow and I don’t have any kind of social security. Marriage is the only safe option for my daughters,” said...

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Gender gap in labour market stagnant since 1995, flags UN report -Kiran Pandey

-Down to Earth Gender equality a far-fetched goal; women living alone more likely to be in the labour market, finds report Gender equality across the world remains a far-fetched goal and no country has achieved it so far, according to the 2020 edition of the United Nations report on the state of gender equality in the world. The attitudes of discrimination, however, have slowly changed in the last two decades, Liu Zhenmin, chief...

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Explained: How marriage age and women’s health are linked -Nushaiba Iqbal

-The Indian Express PM Narendra Modi has announced a panel to fight malnutrition in young women and ensure they get married at the right age. A look at how the two are linked During his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “We have formed a committee to ensure that the daughters are no longer suffering from malnutrition and they are married off at the right age. As soon as the...

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Increasing age of marriage will be exercise of carceral power by state which will disproportionately affect Dalit, Adivasi women -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express Efforts to address child marriage in India should be in consonance with the socio-economic realities that demand investment in education, welfare, and opportunities for women. If Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis in his Independence Day speech on raising the legal age of marriage for women to 21 years is any indicator of the path the task force set up for this purpose is likely to tread, it needs to...

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