Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Submission on Child Marriage to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

In December 2013, the Center made a submission on child marriage in Bangladesh to the Women’s Rights and Gender Section (WRGS) of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Committee had invited civil society groups to present information on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage, in order to inform its report on this topic to the UN Human Rights Council.

The Center’s submission was made in collaboration with Justice Imman Ali of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. It included the Center’s research for Justice Ali on the causes, consequences and legal framework of child marriage; its links to sexual harassment; the impact of birth and marriage registration on the practice; and the impact of discriminatory personal laws, as well as the lecture on child marriage delivered by Justice Ali at an Avon Global Center event on September 28, 2013.