The Legislative Committee of NCHR, headed by Prof. Dr.. Anas Jaafar, Head of the Legislative Committee and the Legislative Research and Development Unit of the National Council for Human Rights, today, Monday, October 24, 2022, a workshop entitled “Child Marriage between Human Rights Violation and Legislative Gaps” in the presence and participation of the researchers of NCHR from the various committees and units and also Moushira Khattab - President NCHR, Dr. Anas Jaafar - Member of NCHR and Head of the Legislative Committee, and Dr. Wafaa Binyamin - Member of NCHR.
This workshop comes in light of the interest of NCHR in the issue of child marriage and its negative repercussions on children's enjoyment of their rights, and in implementation of what was called for by the National Human Rights Strategy.
During her speech; Khattab stressed that the phenomenon of child marriage represents a flagrant violation of children's rights, including the right to education to develop their abilities to their fullest potential, and the right to freely make decisions affecting their lives, including the willingness to take responsibility for building a family that has negative psychological, physical, social and economic effects on children and on society as a whole. ; It is a dangerous source of illiteracy and population growth coupled with increased rates of poverty and illiteracy and high rates of neonatal and infant mortality.
Khattab announced that NCHR has drawn up an action plan to cooperate with the competent authorities in the country, aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of this phenomenon and oromoting and strengthening the culture of women's and children's rights in different governorates, especially the poorest and needy villages, which have high rates of this phenomenon.
For his part, Prof. Dr. Anas Jaafar reviewed the motives and motives for this phenomenon (such as environmental pressures, weak economic level, lack of financial resources and the spread of misconceptions about marriage and reproductive health), and its negative and harmful repercussions on society as a whole, such as (dropout from education - population increase and its high rates - friendship marriage and increase Issues of proving parentage - and the negative psychological impact on girls), as well as ways to treat the phenomenon, which includes the legislative and social levels.
In a related context, Dr. Wafaa Binyamin, member of NCHR presented an evidence-based research paper entitled "The Health Repercussions and Negative Effects of Pregnancy at an Early Age on the Health of the Mother and the Fetus", in which she addressed the most prominent risks of early pregnancy on the mother and fetus.
At the conclusion of the workshop, Khattab announced that NCHR researchers, in cooperation with civil society organizations and agencies concerned with the rights of children, women and people with disabilities, will implement awareness campaigns in governorates with high rates of school dropout, noting that investing in girls' education and preventing school dropouts is The ideal way to help families fulfill the rights of their children and eliminate the phenomenon of child marriage.