New York, October 26: Along with several other problems, child marriage is another social disease in West and Central Africa. So many unfortunate girls miss their basic rights to health, education, and losses their chilhood every year. The latest report of UNICEF says if proper progress does not accelerate in the region, ending child marriage in West and Central Africa will take more than 100 years.
“We cannot continue to let so many of our girls miss out on their health, education, and childhood,” said Fatoumata Ndiaye, UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director. He questioned, “at current rates, our report shows, it will take over 100 years to eliminate child marriage in the region – how is this acceptable?”
To end this evil some strategies should be focused- empowering girls, mobilizing families and communities to change attitudes and behaviors, providing adequate services to girls at risk and to married girls and putting in place consistent laws and policies to protect and promote the rights of girls.