IT TAKES A VILLAGE: LET US COMMIT TO END CHILD MARRIAGE IN ONE GENERATION

FEMNET

By Felogene Anumo*

Last week I joined thousands of maternal and child health advocates at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum in Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The gathering and robust discussions breathed life into the African Proverb: It takes a village to raise a child by, providing linkages between child marriage and preventable maternal mortality. The various stakeholders present called for ambitious and transformative commitments in order to realize the potential to be the ‘village’ that ends early, forced and child marriages in one generation, as this majorly contributes to preventable newborn deaths and maternal mortality.

Until Death Do Us Apart: Facts and Figures

  • One in three girls in the developing world will be married by their eighteenth birthday. This can end their chance of completing an education and puts them at greater risk of isolation and violence.
  • One in seven girls in the…

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