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ASO Center Organizes a Dialogue Session on the Negative Effects of the Marriage of Minors in NES

ASO – Amouda

ASO Center for Consultancy and Strategic Studies held a dialogue session on the effects of the marriages of minors and early marriage, at the center's headquarter in Amouda, Northeastern Syria.

The dialogue session is part of the monthly plan of the Center's activities within the framework of annual international campaigns and calls to combat violence against women.

The session was attended by 21 representatives of CSOs, social and political events, clerics and human rights advocates in NES.

The participants discussed the negative effects of the marriage of minors, its negative effects on society, and the rationale for families marrying off their underage girls.

The participants stressed the role of negative social customs and traditions in the justification and legitimization of the marriage of minors, some of which are often associated with challenging economic conditions in the region, following the ongoing war in the country, as well as the ongoing security threats.

The participants called on media institutions and CSOs to promote and support awareness campaigns aimed at restricting the marriage of minor girls, in the cities and towns of NES.

They also called for the necessity for strengthening the role of CSOs in the participation and contribution to drafting and issuing laws that safeguard children's rights and monitor these laws’ enforcement.

There has been an increase in early marriage in the region, and IDPs and refugee camps inside and outside Syria since the start of the popular protests against the Syrian regime.

It is noteworthy that the aim of the session was to raise awareness of the dangers of underage and early marriage, and their impact on minors' health and psychology.

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