African Nations Must End Child Marriage To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

CNN: Is this the beginning of the end of child marriage?
Lakshmi Sundaram, executive director of Girls Not Brides

“…This year, the theme for the [Day of the African Child] is ending child marriage in Africa, and it represents a timely call to end a practice that devastates the lives of millions of girls across the continent. … Without major progress on this issue, the number of child brides will double by 2050 and child marriage will continue to hamper Africa’s development. In fact, the persistence of child marriage has hindered Africa’s efforts to achieve six of the eight Millennium Development Goals. That’s why it is so crucial that we tackle child marriage head on in the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…” (6/16).

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