Participants have vowed to redouble efforts to eliminating child marriage by 2030 as well as employ focused interventions and measures to keep girl children in school up to the age of 18.
The meeting, that drew hundreds of delegates representing African governments, ambassadors from across the globe, developmental partners as well as civil society organisations, ended last Friday with a highly ambitious outcome statement to eradicate the prevalence of child brides.
The statement which was read by South African First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, says child marriage negatively impacts on women and girls’ personal development, future opportunities, education and wellbeing. She added the practice had detrimental consequences for families, communities and nations at large.
“Recognising that the elimination of child marriage is a prerequisite for the realisation of the aspirations of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” said Zuma.
“We participants at the first African Girls’ Summit hereby commit to facilitate a social movement in our countries at local, regional and national levels with the participation of the youth, traditional and religious leaders, community leaders, government and CSO partners, parents and elders on ending child marriage,” said Zuma. Zuma urged all partners to collaborate towards the swift implementation of the Common African Position on Ending Child Marriage in Africa – formally adopted by the AU members in June.
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to eliminate child marriage in a generation,” she said.
According to Onabanjo, the summit underscored that a safe and successful passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every young person, unfortunately that right has not been fulfilled particularly for adolescent girls.
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“Nine out of 10 teen births occur in the context of child marriage. These teen pregnancies, especially first time pregnancies are associated with highRATES
Despite the revived commitment, a UNICEF report released last week presents a gloomy picture.
It forecasts that if growth rates are not reduced, the number of child brides in Africa could more than double in three decades. Titled ‘A Profile Of Child Marriage In Africa’ the report found that while rates of child marriage in otherREGIONS
An estimated 700 million girls and women who were married before their 18th birthday are alive today; 17 percent of them live in Africa.