Child marriage elimination in Georgia in focus of UN Population Fund meeting

Event participants highlighted the importance of raising awareness among adolescents about support services accessible to them for support, and pointed out the necessity for strengthening the coordination mechanism between state institutions to ensure a “holistic approach” to the problem. Photo: UNFPA, 01 Dec 2023 - 19:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

The United Nations Population Fund on Friday held a meeting discussing the importance of accelerating national commitments to eliminate the practice of child marriage in Georgia through empowering adolescents and creating opportunities for their development.

Hosted within the joint UN programme for Gender Equality - funded by Swedish Government - the event was aimed at supporting a dialogue between Georgian Government agencies and civil society representatives on current efforts and gaps to be addressed for the objective, the UNFPA said.

Photo: UNFPA

Mariam Khan, the UNFPA representative in Turkey and Country Director for Azerbaijan and Georgia, led the discussion on the significance of combining efforts to encourage the collaboration of state institutions to eliminate the harmful practice.

The Fund said the rate of child marriage in the country remained at 13.9 percent and noted  recent “tragic cases” involving adolescent girls in the country demonstrated “significant gaps” which needed to be addressed “urgently”.