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Unicef Malaysia: Child marriage likely rose during Covid-19 pandemic as schools closed, economy worsened

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — While much is being done by United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) stakeholders, youth groups, ministries and watchdogs around the world to end child marriage, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a serious threat to this progress.

Unicef’s findings released on International Women’s Day warned that school closures, economic stress, service disruptions, pregnancy, and parental deaths due to the pandemic are putting the most vulnerable girls at increased risk of child marriage worldwide.

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