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Ending child marriage transforms lives and enhances communities.
All girls and boys have the right to a childhood where they can play, rest and be protected from harm, abuse and exploitation. But for thousands of children in Niger, childhood is cut short by marriage. UNICEF estimates that around 3 in 4 young girls were married before the age of 18, and 1 in 4 before the age of 15. When a girl is married as a child her fundamental rights are violated. Ending child marriage can preserve a girl’s childhood, promote her right to an education, reduce her exposure to violence and abuse, and contribute to breaking cycles of poverty that are passed down from one generation to the next.
When a girl is married as a child her fundamental rights are violated.
Delaying marriage and childbirth can also protect girls from the risks of death during childbirth, and debilitating medical conditions like obstetric fistula. Ending the practice transforms lives and enhances communities. Putting an end to child marriage is a focus of UNICEF’s work in Niger. Working with communities, families, governments and partners, UNICEF helps identify and address the social norms and economic and structural factors that contribute to the persistence of child marriage.
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