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Three Nigerian school girls want to put an end to child marriage in their country. Susan Ubogu, Temitayo Asuni and Kudirat Abiola started a petition to change the legal loopholes in the constitution that allows men to marry underage girls. According to the Unicef, more than a third of girls in Nigeria end up in child marriages, and with 22 million married before the age of 18, the nation has among the highest number of child brides in Africa. Newsday spoke to 16 year old Susan Ubogu who is one of the teenage activists. (Photo: Susan Ubogu, Temitayo Asuni and Kudirat Abiola. Credit: itsneveryourfault)
These Nigerian teens want to end child marriage in Nigeria, with the "It's Never Your Fault" campaign.
One in every five girls below the age of 18 is married in Ethiopia, according to the United Nations. It’s in this context that Ethiopia has launched a plan to end both child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation in 2024. “This is an achievable target, because we have not started from scratch,” Ethiopia's state minister for Women’s Affairs, Semenye Wube has told BBC Newsday. (Picture: Young woman Taketu who was forced to get married, aged 14. Credit:Jessica Lea/Department for International Development)
Girls in Ethiopia are being given solar lamps to help stop child marriage and keep them in school.
A tense debate is taking place in states across America. At what age should someone be allowed to marry? Currently in 48 out of 50 states a child can marry, usually with parental consent or a judge's discretion. In 17 states there's no minimum age meaning in theory a two year old could marry. But there's a campaign to change the law and raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 without exceptions across all American states. But changing the laws state by state is not as easy as one may think. There's resistance and raising the minimum age to 18 has often been blocked by legislators. Jane O'Brien speaks to child brides, the campaigners pushing to make it illegal and the people who say that the laws don't need to change. Producer: Rajeev Gupta Editor: Amanda Hancox
Saidabo Sayyad says her first vote will go to a politician who ends child marriage in India.
The Oromo community in Kenya's Tana region says the tradition gives girls security for the future.