Anti-Child Marriage Legal Guide: End Violence Against Children Program (Asia Pacific)

World Vision



The End Violence Against Children (EVAC) program is a five-year global initiative launched by World Vision to fortify protections, ignite community movements and eradicate violence against vulnerable children by 2021. Violence against children takes many forms that include, physical, sexual and mental violence, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, harm or abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor, cyber abuse and other harmful practices.

Given that the Asia Pacific region faces an overwhelming number of children affected by violence, there remains a huge gap for these child victims to understand and access the law for their protection. According to data collected by the International Labour Organization, the Asia Pacific region contains the highest amount of working children in the world, representing a significant challenge for local communities to provide adequate support to these vulnerable children.

In line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and global CSR principles, World Vision and its corporate partners endeavour to provide essential protections and resources necessary to build new lives for affected children.

This Anti-Child Marriage Guide has been produced by Baker & McKenzie, World Vision, GlaxoSmithKline, 3M and Khaitan & Co. to support the End Violence Against Children Program. This fourth legal guide addresses frequently asked questions encountered by World Vision relating to protecting victims of child marriage in Australia, Mainland China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The objective is to empower and educate users as how to best navigate regulatory hurdles that may arise when assisting children affected by child marriage.