Child marriage

Nigeria’s IDP camps: where child marriages take place
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Politics and Society Nigeria’s IDP camps: where child marriages take place

Following the invasion of villages and killing of local farmers in Benue by Fulani herdsmen , young girls at the Internally Displaced Persons camps are being married off by their families because of the lack of food, clean water and sleeping materials. The Nigerian government is silent about this and these teenage girls are at risk of contracting HIV/Aids.

The Gambia passes Children’s Amendment Bill: Orders 20-year jail term for child marriage
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Politics and Society The Gambia passes Children’s Amendment Bill: Orders 20-year jail term for child marriage

The Gambian parliament has passed the Children’s Amendment Bill bill banning child marriage, as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent the practice. The bill orders that offenders will face 20 years in prison. The provision comes after President Yahya Jammeh’s recent declaration of a ban on child marriage. The landmark decision has been hailed by many rights groups and citizens.

African First Ladies commit to ending child marriage
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Politics and Society African First Ladies commit to ending child marriage

African First Ladies at the just ended African Union (AU) summit in Rwanda made a commitment to continue fighting child marriage across the continent and resolved to ensure the launch of the campaign to End Child Marriage continues in 2017. Almost three quarters of governments are yet to launch the campaign, which raises awareness on the effects of child marriage and calls on AU member states to enact laws, setting the minimum age of marriage at 18 years.

Tanzania:  30-years in jail for marrying or impregnating schoolgirls, parliament resolves
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Politics and Society Tanzania: 30-years in jail for marrying or impregnating schoolgirls, parliament resolves

Tanzania has passed a provision, which stipulates that men who impregnate or marry schoolgirls will face 30 years in prison as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent child marriage. The country has one the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world, and to eliminate the scourge, the government has resolved to take tougher measures in the form of lengthy jail terms to protect school-girls.