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Child Marriage Still Prevalent In Latin America

We are now in a world where Latin women dating on their own accord and based on their preference is accepted in Latin America. Sadly, this is not the case with girls who belong in an indigenous group, girls coming from poor families and girls that are residing in rural areas. For them, child marriage is still a common practice as reported by Unicef.

United Nation children’s agency or more commonly known as Unicef reported that the rest of the world has already awaken to the horrors of child marriages except for the Caribbean and Latin America. While the number of child marriages continues to decline all over the globe, these two regions are showing no sign of stopping anytime soon.

In the case of South Asia region, the number has already reduced between 30 and 50 per cent for last decade. Though there is a decrease in the Caribbean and Latin America, the figure is only at 25 per cent.

According to Unicef’s chief covering Caribbean and Latin America, Maria Cristina Perceval, real progress has been document from various parts of the globe in an attempt to give protection to girls who are subjected to child marriage. She added that the case in her region is not a positive one because it is still evident that one in every four girls is subjected to marriage before they reach the age of 18 years old.

With these girls, they are not given the same opportunities that life could offer be it for medium term or long term. It is also common in couples who engaged in child marriage to battle early pregnancies as well as sexual violence. In the end, they are left with no choice but to stop going to school and they are secluded from people of their same age bracket.

In the region, only four countries have made policies regarding the ban child of marriage – Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and El Salvador.

It is the hope of Unicef that time will come that Latin women dating will enter the marriage stage when they are able and when they want to instead of being forced into a union when they are still considered a child.

 

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Homesellers Adding Security Systems To Their Properties To Add Value

With the advancements in technology, the home security system of the modern day homeowner is now more advanced than ever, and its trusted by many across the world. This means that they’re in demand, and home sellers, particularly in Australia’s Queensland, are taking note of the fact, installing security systems in their properties to drive up their real estate value.

Guard dogs, and any other old-fashioned home security system have been slowly replaced with high-tech systems, like smartphones, remote connectivity, and CCTV systems. Regardless of which one any homeowner preferred, there is simply no possible excuse for carelessness with regards to home safety.

But research data from Nest, an Australian home device company, reveals that one in every three Queenslanders have been victimized by a burglar, yet 40% of people admit they leave their spare keys outside, and 33% even admit that they leave doors and windows outright unlocked.

Even with 62% of Queenslanders worrying about their home security, only 24% have taken precautions like installing a home security system in their homes. Director of Product Marketing Maxime Veron, Nest, says that this is because that home security solution have, in the past, been problematic to have around, with unattractive hardware, false alarms, or the trouble of having to activate them whenever they leave the house.

With the advancements in home security, however, people have been changing their tune, with more and more installing home security solution in their homes, and even the real estate market have taken notice.

Real estate agents have noticed a new trend, with buyers and sellers embracing home security systems. Harcourts Coorparoo’s Patrick Ivey says that buyers and homeowners now consider it mandatory to have a home security system in their properties, particularly the more high-end homes.

Home sellers are also spending the additional money for security measures, ensuring additional profit for the peace of mind of any buyer.

Beth Leach, owner of the eponymous Beth Leach New Farm real estate agency, says that her clients now expect a keypad security system at the bare minimum, while Crimsafe and plantation shutters are taking the place of window bars, which provide the same security with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Scott Wilson, of iSelect, says that rising crime rates have lead to homeowners embracing home security systems to avoid break-ins, no longer content with simple insurance.

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