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Thu, Oct 22, 2020 6:00 PM EDT
About this Event
The Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada is pleased to invite you to a talk on “Child Marriage in Canada” by McGill University professor, Dr. Alissa Koski, on 22 October from 6:00-7:00 pm via Zoom.
Dr. Alissa Koski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. As a social epidemiologist, most of her research focuses on how social issues affect human health. For the past five years she has been particularly interested in child marriage as a public health and development issue. After studying child marriage and efforts to prevent it in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, she turned her attention to the continuation of this practice at home, in North America.
She has been interviewed by the National Post and CTV News, and published “Child Marriage in Canada: A systematic review” in March 2020. She will discuss her findings that the law essentially legalizes child marriage in Canada, as well as her ongoing research and analysis of Canadian data. October 24 is UN Day. In partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF, Zonta International launched the second phase of the project “Ending Child Marriage: A Program to Accelerate Global Action”. Child marriage is globally recognized as a harmful practice and a human rights violation. Despite laws against it, the practice remains widespread and can be found in cultures, religions, ethnicities and countries around the world. Globally, 21% of girls are married before they turn 18, robbing them of their childhood, and frequently affecting their physical and mental health. The goals of this program are to engage adolescent girls as key agents of change, increase resources and opportunities for adolescent girls and their families, and enhance legal and political action to prevent child marriage and support married, divorced or widowed adolescent girls.
Please join us for Dr. Koski’s half-hour talk followed by a question and answer session. Do invite friends and family to attend with you.
The talk will be recorded and the link provided to Zonta Clubs to share with their members.