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Breaking the Cycle: How the Netherlands is Tackling Child Marriage

Child marriage remains a troubling issue in the Netherlands despite efforts to combat it. The practice of marrying off young girls to older men is a violation of human rights and has serious consequences for the individuals involved.

In the Netherlands, the legal age of marriage is 18, with exceptions made for those aged 16 or 17 if they have the consent of their parents and a judge. However, child marriage still occurs within certain communities due to cultural and religious beliefs that prioritize tradition over the well-being of the child.

The impact of child marriage can be devastating. Young girls forced into marriage are often deprived of their education, health, and autonomy. They are at a higher risk of experiencing domestic violence, early pregnancy, and mental health issues. These effects can have long-lasting consequences on their lives and future prospects.

Efforts to address child marriage in the Netherlands have been met with challenges. Many cases go unreported due to fear of stigma or reprisal within the community. Furthermore, there is a lack of awareness and understanding about the issue among the general public, making it difficult to identify and support those at risk.

It is crucial for the government, civil society organizations, and communities to work together to end child marriage in the Netherlands. This includes implementing stronger laws and policies to protect vulnerable individuals, providing support services for those at risk, and raising awareness about the harmful effects of the practice.

By addressing the root causes of child marriage and ensuring that all individuals have access to education, healthcare, and opportunities, we can create a society where every child is able to thrive and reach their full potential. Ending child marriage is not just a moral imperative – it is a human rights issue that requires urgent action and collective effort.

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Nada Alahdal
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for the Protection of Girls

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