Survivors from forced marriages speak out on Intl Day of the Girl Child 

Globally, 100 million girls are at risk of being forced into child marriage over the next decade. The threat for girls from religious minorities of further being coerced into changing their religion in connection to a forced marriage is particularly acute. Ahead of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, ADF International is highlighting the testimonies of survivors of forced marriages in a new mini-documentary.

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“Thoroughly illegitimate”: forced conversion and marriage of women and girls called out at UN event

Giorgio sitting down with a group at UN

Coinciding with the expert meeting of the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance, the high-level event, hosted by Poland, Hungary, and ADF International, brought together the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief and other actors to discuss challenges and solutions to the problem of forced conversions.

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Forcibly-married 14-year-old Maira hopes for Easter miracle

Maira* loved to sing hymns at her church’s Easter service. This Easter, she is forced to hide rather than be able to join in celebrations. She had been abducted, forcibly married to a much older Muslim man, and must now wait in hiding after escaping. Forced “conversion” through marriage affects an estimated 1,000 girls from religious minorities in Pakistan every year.

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