Participation in the event was a very interesting experience for Simavi. We advocated for the implementation of SDG3 on Good Health & Wellbeing and SDG5 on Gender Equality, in particular the elimination of child marriage. A call for action was developed and disseminated to end child marriage by 2030 and this established useful contacts with government and NGO representatives.
Morillio: “Although some progress has been made, a lot remains to be done to achieve the SDGs. I think it is important that international obligations are respected, protected and fulfilled and that no one is left behind.”
On Thursday morning 13 July, Simavi organised a side-event with the More Than Brides Alliance titled “Strategies for Ending Child Marriage by 2030, a special focus on India”. The Netherlands Ambassador for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Jeroen Verheul, did the opening words. After that Sajeda Amin (Population Council), Seema Gupta (VHAI) and Marlijn Lelieveld, gave short presentations and discussed several questions, moderated by Morillio Williams. The event was attended by representatives from government and civil society organisations and other actors.
Marlijn: “It was great to meet a lot of other NGOs working on gender equality and child marriage and exchange knowledge and experiences. Child marriage is declining globally, but change isn’t happening fast enough. We have to keep on urging all duty bearers to stick to their commitment to end child marriage by 2030.”