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Canada supports campaign to end child, early and forced marriage in Rajasthan

18 July 2016 | No. 201607 – 02

Acting High Commissioner for Canada to India Jess Dutton today participated in the launch of a campaign to end child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in Rajasthan. The event in Jaipur was jointly organised by the Government of Rajasthan, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Government of Canada has granted $3.25 million to UNFPA’s activities in India focused on ending CEFM. This is part of a $20 million grant to UNFPA for its efforts to end CEFM in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In addition, Government of Canada has provided $20 million to UNICEF for efforts to end CEFM in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Yemen and Zambia.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dutton said: “Canada has made preventing child, early and forced marriage both a foreign policy and a development priority. Canada feels strongly that gender equality is not only a human rights issue, but an essential component of sustainable development, social justice, peace and security.”

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High Commission of Canada, New Delhi - Archana Mirajkar ( or Smriti Saxena (

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