Jakarta, IDN Times – The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA), Bintang Puspayoga, assessed that child marriage is a practice that can threaten the future of children and tarnish their rights. He said child marriage is a form of violence against children that violates human rights.
Stars reveal this in national dialogue ‘Launching of Rumah Kitab Publication: Empowered PATBM Module for Prevention of Child Marriage by Involving Adolescents and Young People‘.
“To create a holistic child protection system to abolish child marriage, it is necessary to involve children, youth and young people themselves. For that, I appreciate the launch of the Empowered Community-Based Child Protection Module (PATBM) for the Prevention of Child Marriage with the Involvement of Children, Adolescents, and Young People,” said Bintang, quoted from his written statement, Friday (11/3/2022).
1. In 2020, 22 provinces have high child marriage rates
Data in 2018, one in nine women aged 20-24 years married before the age of 18 years (about 11 percent). Meanwhile, only one in 100 men aged 20-24 years married before the age of 18 (only about one percent).
Based on BPS data, although nationally the child marriage rate fell from 11.21 percent in 2018 to 10.82 percent in 2019 and 10.35 percent in 2020, there was an increase in nine provinces.
Furthermore, data in 2020 shows 22 provinces with higher child marriage rates than the national figure.
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2. The practice of child marriage must be a concern and priority
Bintang explained that the practice of child marriage should be a concern and priority for all parties. He emphasized that child marriage has had a very massive impact.
Married children have a greater vulnerability in accessing education and health services. In addition, children are at great risk of experiencing acts of violence and have the potential to cause other adverse effects, including the problem of cross-generational poverty.
3. There is a potential for 13 million child marriages due to the pandemic
Bintang says Indonesia is still facing disaster non-Nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. The UNFPA and UNICEF Literature Studies found that the risk of girls being married is higher in situations of disaster.
“Based on the UNFPA study in 2020, there is a potential for around 13 million child marriages in the world in the 2020-2030 period due to this pandemic,” he said.
The ‘Empowered PATBM for the Prevention of Child Marriage by Involving Children, Adolescents, and Young People’ is a training module to strengthen the capacity of PATBM administrators and youth groups, which is the result of the Rumah Kita Bersama Foundation (Rumah KitaB), Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice 2 (AIPJ2 ) and several other supporting parties.
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