Addendum




Ireland

(11 MEPs displayed)

Ending child marriage
B8-0535/2017:


Lynn
BOYLAN
 (absent)
Matt
CARTHY
 FOR (+) I voted in favour of this resolution, which highlights that, at the moment, 1 in 3 girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and 1 in 9 before the age of 15. The Resolution calls for action through the Sustainable Development Goals, UN fora, Istanbul Convention and EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. It raises the need for procedures to be put in place to protect children who have been forced into marriage, including by helping them back to education, women’s shelters, legal counselling and psychological support.
I voted in favour of this resolution, which calls for an end to these practices which are a violation of children’s human rights.
Nessa
CHILDERS
 FOR (+) Today, we are calling for Member States to consider and act upon the issue of child marriages and to strengthen policies around women’s empowerment while we face appalling attitudes from the other side of the Atlantic. Trump’s policy to cut family planning services through the reinstatement of the Global Gag rule is utterly appalling. Ending the funding for the UN population fund (UNFPA), as one of the biggest financial donors, has huge consequences on the delivery of projects focusing on women’s services. This organisation performs vital work, providing reproductive health services to 12.5 million women in more than 46 countries worldwide.
Moreover, we are calling for EU development funding to compensate for the decision by the US Government administration and provide services to women and girls in developing countries, and to curtail child and early forced marriage.
Deirdre
CLUNE
 FOR
Brian
CROWLEY
 (excused)
Luke Ming
FLANAGAN
 FOR (+) The OQ and resolution insist not only on the tools available to combat child marriage externally (in developing countries one-third of girls are married before turning 18), but also within the EU (few statistics available). Child marriage and early forced marriage is a violation of the rights of the child and a form of violence against women and girls.
The resolution calls on the EU to work with international stakeholders: UNFPA, UNICEF, and UN Women to focus on girls’ empowerment, increase access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services and to use human rights dialogue; Trade for All; GSP+ and bilateral cooperation to prevent the practice of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). It also focuses on the situation of refugee children.
I voted in favour of the resolution as a whole, but abstained on the RCV on paragraph 20 calling for funding from Member States and the EU; for me, this remains a Member State matter.
Marian
HARKIN
 ABSTENTION (+) I supported this motion, which calls for proposals on ending the practice of child marriage. Child, early and forced marriage is a violation of the rights of the child and a form of violence against women and girls. This harmful practice exposes girls and young women to serious risks of complications in pregnancy, HIV infections, sexual abuse, domestic violence and honour killing. I welcome the calls in this motion that the European Union and the Members States need to apply unified legal standards with regard to the procedure for dealing with child marriages and for Europe to use all its instruments available. This will require developing policies, programmes and legislation, including political dialogues, human rights dialogues, bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address child marriage.
Brian
HAYES
 FOR
Seán
KELLY
 FOR (+) This motion has my utmost support. Child marriage is a terrible and grave breach of human rights. The EU has renounced child marriage, but a proactive approach must be taken to protect girls and boys from becoming victims of this practice. Our incoming refugees are particularly at risk, as their desperate parents see marriage as the best chance of a secure future for their children in these turbulent times. The EU must invest in programmes to work in communities to combat child marriage as a social norm and to support victims by providing healthcare and education.
Mairead
McGUINNESS
(none)
Liadh
NÍ RIADA
 FOR (+) . – I voted in favour of this resolution, which highlights that, at the moment, 1 in 3 girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and 1 in 9 before the age of 15. The Resolution calls for action through the Sustainable Development Goals, UN fora, Istanbul Convention and EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. It raises the need for procedures to be put in place to protect children who have been forced into marriage including by helping them back to education, women’s shelters, legal counselling and psychological support.
I voted in favour of this resolution, which calls for an end to these practices.