Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia.
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A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
Girls are at greater risk of early marriage in refugee camps where their parents are unable to provided the necessary support.
Rates of child marriage increase among refugee communities, where rates of sexual violence are high and opportunities for families low.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
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Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
A young Chibok schoolgirl rescued two years after being abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Abduction, sexual violence, early marriage: a few of the choices facing adolescent girls who ought instead to be in school.
Lebanon is host to well over 1m Syrian refugees, and their situation is getting ever more desperate.
A young girl from Kenya’s Pokot tribe weeps as she’s led away from her home by her future husband’s family.
Education can be a powerful tool to stop the practice of child marriage. It empowers girls, and their success can ultimately boost their communities.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country.
The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
Singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo is part of the international lobby making progress against early marriage.
The decline in child marriages in Ethiopia is due to its rapidly changing social and economic environment.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.
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