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15 Millions Girls Forced Into Child Marriage Annually

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An estimated 15 million girls are forced into child marriage around the world each year, with Africa having the highest rate of two out of every five girls getting married before the age of 18.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Perry Calderwood, who disclosed this in Abuja, described the practice as a violation of human rights of these girls, which undermines the development of their families, communities and countries. Calderwood spoke at a ceremony to celebrate the African Child held at the Canadian High Commission in Abuja.
He said that the government of Canada has made available $6.5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Save the Children to improve access to education for Nigerian girls as well as ensure they remained in school much longer.
“Canada is taking a holistic approach to the issue of Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM), addressing it from both a human rights and development perspectives. Canada is supporting programmes at national and grassroots levels to bring about real change for girls and women.
We are in fact helping to prevent child marriage and keep girls in school through multiple and mutually reinforcing approaches. Canada has engaged diplomatically at the global, regional and country level to raise awareness and generate dialogue on CEFM more broadly, particularly in prevalence countries,” Calderwood said.
The ceremony, which had as its theme, ‘Empowering African girls to reach their full potentials by delaying marriage and staying in school’, featured the screening of the award winning film, ‘Dry’, which highlights the dangers of early marriage and child birth and the incidence of Vaginal Visco Fistula (VVF) to the psychological wellbeing of girls.
The film was written and directed by Mrs. Stephanie Okere-Linus, a prominent Nollywood actress.
The Canadian envoy said that the population of children in Sub- Saharan Africa was growing rapidly, putting millions of girls at risk of child marriage. According to him, the girl population in Africa has been projected to rise up to 465 million by 2050, adding that this could make the continent host to the largest population of child brides in the world.
He expressed delight that there have been an increase in attempts to end child marriage in Africa, noting that many African leaders, regional organisations, communities and girls themselves were now speaking up and taking action to end the scourge.
In a short remark at the event, Nollywood actress, Stephanie Okere-Linus, said she was motivated to make the film after she discovered the nexus between VVF, child marriage, girl child education and gender inequality.
She noted that when a young girl whose body is not mature enough for child bearing is placed under such strenuous condition and without proper medical attention, the consequences were often devastating.

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