OSINBAJO STARTS CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has launched a nationwide campaign to end to end child marriage, making Nigeria the 16th country to join an African Union campaign to end the practice by 2030.
Nearly one out of every two girls in Nigeria is married off under age of 18, making Nigeria the country with the world’s highest number of child brides.
Nigeria committed to ending all forms of harmful practices, including child marriage, against women and girls at an African Union summit in 2014, in line with Sustainable Development Goals.
“Child marriage threatens girls’ lives and health, and it limits their full potential”, said Aisha Alhassan, minister for women affairs and social development.
The launch is part of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence in attempts to provide a better future for girls.