Participants Demanded to Break the Silence on Child Marriage in Africa!


 Participants Demanded to Break the Silence on Child Marriage in Africa!

Accra, Nov. 24 2018 – “The next stages of the AU Campaign undoubtedly calls upon all of you here today, and at its core, to take ownership and join hands with one another to move past the rhetoric, and ultimately, eradicate to child marriage throughout the continent” said H.E. Dr. Amira El Fadil in her closing statement in the final day of the two day conference; 2nd African Girls Summit on ending child marriage under the theme: “Enough with the silence” in Accra, Ghana.

The main deliberations on the final day of the summit were parallel discussions on improving menstrual health management in Africa, accelerating an end to child marriage and change through the involvement of community, traditional and religious leaders and the role of media and civil society in raising awareness on SRHR practices in the fight against child marriage and teen pregnancies to name a few.

The opening session was opened with a presentation from the World Bank representative Quentin Wodon. “Education matters for all children, but even more so for girls than boys because of the link for girls between dropping out of school and marrying as children (before 18) or having children early (before 18).” Quentin Stated.

“Primary schooling is necessary but not sufficient: For many indicators, having a primary education does not make a large difference versus having no education at all.” He added.

The Panel discussion was soon underway on overcoming cultural norms to address Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and to end child marriage.

The youth forum was an implementation progress, accountability and way forward by Member States and key stakeholders on commitments made from the 1st African Girls Summit.

Overall the 2 day Summit brought together First Ladies of Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia as well as religious and traditional leaders, United Nations representatives, Civil Society Organizations, government officials, and youth from 30 countries across the continent. Not only did they remind us in their presented outcome statement that we need to implement our respective commitments and engagements made in our deliberations, but they also reminded us and our processes to stay accountable on previously taken engagements at the 1st Summit; as well as at this 2nd Summit, for the safeguard of Human Rights, and next stages of the AU Campaign to end child marriage.

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