Stopping child marriages 

MEPs will quiz Federica Mogherini on EU efforts to stamp out early and forced marriages and protect girls against abuse and violence. Tuesday’s debate will be wrapped up by a resolution to be voted on Wednesday.

Members want to know how the Commission:

  • assesses the impact of projects and campaigns designed to combat child marriage in third countries,

  • ensures the protection of the rights and health, including sexual and reproductive health, of all children in EU member states and third countries

  • addresses the issue of child marriage amongst refugees and asylum seekers.

The EU signed the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which lists forced marriage as a type of violence against women. Forced marriage and attracting a child to another country in order to force her or him to enter into a marriage should be considered a crime, says the Convention.

One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15.

Procedure: Oral question to the Commission (with resolution)


Debate:  Tuesday, 3 October

Vote: Wednesday, 4 October