Gordon Brown to set up child marriage free zones in Pakistan
Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown has reportedly announced that child marriage-free zones will be set up in Pakistan.
Brown, the UN's special envoy on global education, said that the tradition of forcing girls into marriage before adulthood was not acceptable in the modern world, adding that it deprived a girl of her right to education and her childhood.
According to the BBC, speaking on a visit to Islamabad, he revealed the UN is giving 10m dollars (GBP6m), and the EU 100m euros (GBP83m), to get more Pakistani children into education.
Brown said that the UN was going to do a pilot project where it will declare an area to a child marriage-free zone.
(Posted on 30-03-2014)