The egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity, the EU Delegation to Egypt, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) anbd the British Embassy marked the first milestone of the “Combatting Child Marriage” campaign under the ‘Strengthening Institutional and Human Resources Capacities of Ministry of Social Solidarity’ project.
The campaign for Combating Child Marriage complements and supports the Ministry’s ongoing strategy to ensure that beneficiaries of the cash transfer programme will lose their benefits if they marry their children before the age of 18.
The two-month campaign was launched online and among communities through the “Waai Programme for Community Development”. The campaign raises awareness among target families about the negative effects of child marriage as well as the various rights of children, especially girls, that are inevitably interlinked. It also highlights how child marriage hinders education, increases health risks and limits development opportunities.