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Earlier This Month, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Announced "Child-Marriage Free Zones" To Be Established In Pakistan. The UN Special Envoy On Global Education Says The Move Is Part Of a Global Effort To End The Practice And Will Try To Keep Pakistani Girls In School. Child Marriage Is Widespread In Pakistan. In March, Pakistan Islamic Council Demanded That The Country Abolish All Legal Restrictions On Child Marriage. Fortunately, There Is a Stronger Movement From Girls Themselves. Girls Are Banding Together To Refuse To Married Off. Suzanne Petroni Is A Senior Director Of Gender. Population And Development At The International Center For Research On Women (ICRW). She Tells Daybreak Asia's Frances Alonzo There Is A Movement Inside Pakistan Working At The Government Level To End The Practice Of Marrying Off Young Girls Too Soon.