Press Release

Girls' volleyball tournament against child marriage in Rolpa

13 June 2017

Libang (Rolpa) -- The District Coordination Committee (DCC), Rolpa, in partnership with the Women and Children Office (WCO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is organizing a friendly volleyball tournament in Libang on 14 June 2017 among adolescent girls to spread awareness about child marriage and the importance of educating girls.

The event aims to shine the light on adolescent girls from Rolpa district who, if empowered, can gain life-transforming power and become agents of change. A total of 32 girls from Khungri, Khumel, Kotgaun and Libang are taking part in the tournament and are divided into four groups.

Chief District Officer Dr Dijan Bhattarai will be the chief guest of the volleyball tournament to be organized under the supervision of Local Development Officer Sushil Baidhya.

Before the start of the match, the chief guest and guests will interact with the players representing adolescent girls’ groups in their effort to encourage them to continue their fight against child marriage and other harmful practices through several mediums, including sports. The players will be provided with sports uniforms and kits.

The first, second and third winners will receive medals and certificates. The fourth team will receive a consolation prize. Around 500 people, including top government officials working in the district, local political leaders and young people, are expected to watch the tournament.

Girls in Rolpa face a wide range of challenges, including entrenched gender discrimination, high rates of adolescent pregnancy and harmful practices such as child marriage. According to the Census 2011, 73.8 % of girls in Rolpa aged 10 to 19 get married. The national average is 41%. A violation of human rights, child marriage robs adolescent girls of their childhood. Those who are married off early are forced to drop out of schools, bear children before they are ready and are often subjected to violence and abuse.

As part of implementing the 2016 National Strategy to End Child Marriage in Nepal by preventing this harmful practice and empowering girls, the Ending Child Marriage Project, funded by the European Commission and the UK, is being implemented by UNFPA in Rolpa, including in Khungrri, Khumel, Kotgaun and Liwang of the district, in coordination with DCC and WCO.