Child Marriage

Women at African summit tell harrowing stories of being child brides

A scene from “No to Child Marriage, Yes to Education," screened at the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Zambia. (UN Women)

Women who had been forced into marriage as children told their stories as part of the first African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Lusaka, Zambia, over the weekend. The Summit is part of the African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage, and featured a video of women telling their stories about being raped as children in their forced marriages at ages seven and eight years old. One woman described becoming a mother at the age of 13. A UNICEF report released at the same time as the conference noted that the number of child brides in Africa was expected to more than double to 310 million girls in the next 35 years, many of whom live in Nigeria.

“We live in a world where girls are bought as commodities and promised to men before we’re even born and generally abused because of poverty,” the video, produced by UN Women, says.

The campaign aims to end marriage of girls under 18 years old.

Read the full story at Voice of America News.

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