State level Convention on Early/Child Marriage By Save the children

Bhubaneswar: To influence policy and institutional reforms, Save the Children in collaboration with Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) organised a state level convention on Early/Child Marriage here at IDCOL Bhawan. The programme inaugurated by Shri Prafulla Samal, Honble. Minister Department of Woman and Child Development, Govt. of Odisha. Addressing to the august gathering Shri Samal said that- Education and awareness can curb child Marriage. . This is our Prime responsibility to aware the Grassroots level areas and coping mechanism is highly essential. Among Others MLA Priyadarshi Mishra , Shantanu Chakraborty Deputy Director programme Save the children, Dr. Ajit Kumar Mohanty , Joint Director Family welfare , Chairperson of OSCPCR Kasturi mohapatra, Kalpana Behera Deputy Director Girls Education OPEPA, Lopamudra Tripathy from Unicef, Namarta Chaddha Member JJB, Member of State Commission for women Snehanjali Mohanty , Dr. soumya Kanta Mishra from save the children , Honey Patnaik from Community Radio 90.4, Radha the National Advisor from Save the children , Alka singh National manager Advocacy of save the children, Puspashree Devi from Actionaid , Devikalyani Pattanayak, Soumi Haldar, Avijeet Bhadra from save the children spokes on this occasion A Booklet named STOLEN CHILD HOOD was released by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. On the dotted venue more than 12 YOUTH CHAMPIONS from different district of Odisha were felicitated. The object of The programme shared by Mahadev Hansda General Manager, State Programmes, Odisha,Save the Children-Bal Raksha Bharat.

Notable that, the Early/Child marriage is rooted in genders inequality and the belief that girls and women are somehow inferior to boys and men. It is a complex issue. Poverty, lack of education, cultural practices, and insecurity fuel and sustain the practice. But drivers will vary from one community to the next and the practice may look different across regions and countries, even within the same country.In the state of Odisha, with 21.3% of women getting married before the legal age of marriage (18 years) as per NFHS-4 data, 2016, the situation is quite threatening as it poses a serious threat to the future generation as well. Since early marriage also accentuates early pregnancy and that eventually leads to the life risk of neo-nates too.

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