The United Nations International Child Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with Adolescent and Child Rights Network Assam (ACRNA) launched a week-long campaign against child marriage at Guwahati Press Club on Monday.
The two organizations will focus on social policy, media and advocacy initiatives to build an agenda and create public opinion about the benefits of preventing child marriage.
They are also planning to target narrow-minded religious leaders and elected representatives to educate them about the evils of child marriage.
They are also planning to spread the campaign in the districts of Assam where child marriages are highly prevalent.
The aim is to spread awareness against child marriage to adolescents and their parents during the campaign.
To prevent child marriage, the campaign will address the importance of education among the parents who had forced their children to marry.
The campaign will also help them understand the easy ways of providing primary and secondary education to their children without worrying about finances.
Dr Chiranjib Kakoti, Coordinator of ACRNA highlighted that engaging with multiple stakeholder groups in the campaign for discouraging child marriage by providing alternative for empowerment of the perspective children who will be getting married and then developing together with them and children, a series of recommendations on child marriage will drive the agenda at the state level.