NewsExpress advert Yudala banner
FG moves to end child marriage

By News Express on 29/11/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,218


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 8:23:11 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Sani-Bello flags off Niger State rural roads maintenance...

Chibok parents disown ‘rescued Chibok girl’, say she’s...

Suspected scavengers set 17 vehicles ablaze in Onitsha...

Militants force crude oil production down to 1.1...

Panic in Makurdi as suspected herdsmen serve attack...

Man jailed 100 years for abusing 3 girls...

Fuel Subsidy: FG to pay 23 marketers N94...

HURIWA’s Memo tasks NASS on Rule of Law,...

Operation Crocodile Smile II: Bayelsa Governor tasks Army...

Breaking: Nigeria loses international photo guru Ojeikere

Niger Delta militants make U-Turn on planned attacks...

Dream Team VI walk tight rope in Olympic...

 

Latest News UN staff serve strike notice Tinubu fingered in alleged plot to kill APC Troops nab herdsman with bullet-proof vest FG confirms 110 Dapchi schoolgirls missing, steps up rescue efforts FRSC rescues pregnant woman from suspected kidnappers China’s ruling party plots constitution change, 3rd term for Presidency Xi Jinping Corruption index: Nigeria’s poor ranking a wake-up call for Buhari administration — SERAP Boko Haram attacks Madagali (Adamawa) 35 times in 10 months •Kills 27, destroys over 100 houses Muslim scholars urge ‘uprising’ over US’ Jerusalem embassy move 297,000 vulnerable households get FG’s stipends in 20 states Army postpones 77 Regular Recruitment — Spokesman Jesus’s burial site shut in protest

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (327,181 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (319,411 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (255,919 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (209,935 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (195,283 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (188,465 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (164,135 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (147,486 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (140,875 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (130,202 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (128,902 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (123,663 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,912) Business Verdict (34) Columnists (806) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (447) Features (549) Global Business Monitor (226) International (1,809) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (106) News (33,120) Opinion (885) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,525) Religion (687) Sports (1,442) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement