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FG moves to end child marriage

By News Express on 29/11/2016

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Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday in Abuja officially launched a nation-wide Campaign to End Child Marriage at a ceremony in Abuja this morning, making Nigeria the 16th country to join the African Union Campaign.

With 49 per cent of Nigerian women married under the age of 18, according to latest figures from 2013, Nigeria has the world’s highest number of child brides.

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, together with partners UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF and Save the Children, developed the Campaign in line with the Sustainable Development Goals that Nigeria has committed to achieve by 2030. One of the targets in these Goals calls for the elimination of all forms of harmful practices, including child marriage.

“Child marriage threatens girls’ lives and health, and it limits their full potential,” said Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, the Minister of Women and Social Development. Today’s event, held during the globally-marked 16 days of Activism against Gender-based violence, is an attempt to provide a better future for our girls.”

Early marriage and childbirth can be extremely harmful for girls. Girls under 18 are more likely to suffer from fistula, to die in childbirth and to give birth to stillborn babies. Children born to child mothers are more likely to suffer from stunting and wasting.

Child marriage varies with a girl’s education and the economic status of her family. Adolescent girls with no education tend to marry at an average of about 15 years, while age of marriage increase to 18 for girls with primary education. Average age of marriage for women with secondary education rises to about 21, when women are physically and emotionally better equipped for marriage and childbirth. Likewise, girls from the poorest households on average marry at age of 15, while girls from the wealthiest households marry at an average age of 23.

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development also launched the National Strategy to end child marriage, developed as a guideline to raise awareness about and address the harmful impact of child marriage. The report advocates for policies and actions that protect girls’ human rights and remove barriers to law enforcement.

•Photo shows Vice President Osinbajo.

Source News Express

Posted 29/11/2016 1:23:11 PM

 

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