PDF – 2015 – Child marriage, defined as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18, is a reality for both boys and girls, although girls are disproportionately the most affected. About a third of women aged 20-24 years old in the developing world were married as children. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), offers A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa, a brochure on the past, present and future affects of child marriage in Africa.
The brochure was produced by the Data and Analytics Section of UNICEF for the African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage (26-27 November 2015, Lusaka, Zambia). The meeting brings together high-level personalities from Member States to share good practices and challenges in ending child marriage; to secure and renew commitments from stakeholders to invest more to accelerate an end to child marriage; and to provide a platform for discussion among community leaders, traditional and religious leaders, girls affected by child marriage and youth advocating against child marriage.
Available for download – A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa