Child Marriage in Africa #Infographic

Child Marriage in Africa #Infographic

Child marriage is a worldwide issue that affects over 15 million girls and boys each year. Although it affects countries around the globe, Africa is the region most affected. That is partly due to the high poverty rate and low educational rates in the country.
A lot of research into the causes and consequences of child marriage has been conducted around the world. Countries in Africa and other third world countries and various NGOs and social work organisations, in particular where there is no minimum legal age for marriage, are given awareness.

As the infographic notes, the African continent is home to 18 out of the top 20 countries with child marriage cases. There is no minimum legal marriage age in many of these nations, under any circumstances.
Child marriage affects not only the children involved but also their families and the economic condition of their country.
Girls who are married before age 18 are far more likely to experience emotional, physical, or sexual violence. This not only hinders their own development but also contributes to any children growing up in their marriages.

One of the greatest perpetrators of child marriage is patriarchal customs and laws which see marriage and young women's lives as something to be traded off. As parents, community leaders and onlookers, there is a responsibility on all of our shoulders to stop these barbaric practices.

Child Marriage in Africa #Infographic

infographic by: www.girlsnotbrides.org

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