Nuapada (SunstarTV Bureau): Odisha’s Yashoda Pandey has been bestowed with ‘V-Award 2020’ by the United Nations Volunteers for her unparalleled contribution in preventing child marriage in the district.
Odisha Chief Minister’s Office, congratulates Yashoda on winning the honorable ‘V-Award 2020’, on the occasion of International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2020. This year’s theme is ‘Together We Can Through Volunteering.’
She is awarded for her efforts to prevent child marriages in the district. Her work is an inspiration for all and it will make more volunteers to do transformational work in society.
Congratulate Yashoda Pandey from Nuapada on winning the prestigious V-Award 2020 by @UNV_India for her efforts to prevent child marriages in the district. Her work is an inspiration for all and it will make more volunteers to do transformational work in society. pic.twitter.com/4QaHYcvOVx
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) December 5, 2020
The formal or informal wedding of female children below the age of 18 is illegal and a violation of human rights.
Marrying a girl child, before she attains physical and mental maturity, compromises her development and constraints her opportunities in life. Besides, pregnancy and delivery at an early age can result in infant and/or maternal mortality.
As per the factsheet of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) 2015-16, in Odisha 21.3% women in the age group of 20-24 years were married off before the legal age (18 years).