CBSN's Reena Ninan traveled to a rural village to witness an illegal wedding firsthand, and meet one woman who escaped an arranged marriage in her teens and dedicated her life to campaigning against the practice. Rachana Sunar is a 22-year-old woman who lives in a village in Western Nepal. Her NGO, Sambad, hopes to empower the next generation of Nepali girls to reject marriages foisted upon them, enjoy their full childhood and gain a full education. The act of child marriage, which is punishable by jail time, has been illegal in Nepal since 1963. The culture of child marriage, however, is accepted there.
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Non-discrimination (Article 2): All human rights instruments prohibit any discrimination—distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference—in the provision, protection and promotion of rights. In other words, everyone has the human rights in these treaties, irrespective of their race, sex, religion, national origin or any other trait. The Race Convention wholly prohibits discrimination based on race, national origin or ethnicity and outlines steps that governments must take to end it. The Women’s Convention likewise calls for an end to discrimination, based on sex, and outlines specific areas of life in which women must be treated equally in order to eliminate discrimination;