Religious Leaders Resolve to Play their Role to End Child Marriages

October 26, 2021

Religious leaders from across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gathered here on Monday to pledge their support for the rights of girls, women, and other vulnerable members of society.

According to a statement issued here, they were speaking at a dialogue on ending child marriages organized by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), and the Child Welfare and Protection Commission.

Speaking on the occasion, CII Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz invited religious leaders from across Pakistan to join them in the campaign to end harmful social practices such as child marriage through education and behavioural change.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Khateeb Maulana Tayyab Qureshi stated that faith-based initiatives were critical in promoting behavioural and attitudinal change to discourage forced marriages.

According to Qamar Naseem, Blue Veins’ programme coordinator and the leader of the Provincial Alliance to End Early Child and Forced Marriages, every citizen has a responsibility to discourage child marriages and ensure that children finish their education and reach their full potential. WPC vice-chairperson Madiha Nisar stated that keeping girls in school was one of the most effective ways to prevent child marriages.Child marriage restricts girl’s access to high-quality education.

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