The girls we are talking about are not statistic. They are among us and we are responsible. Girls in our communities are seen,but not heard. (Voice of Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, African Union Goodwill ambassador)
Every seven seconds, a girl under the age of 15 is married. Moreover, six of the top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of child marriage in the world are in West and Central Africa. While there has been social and political progress to end this harmful practice, we still need additional and more concerted efforts to accelerate progress and end child marriage in our lifetime.
The High-Level Meeting on Ending Child Marriage is the first step. Hosted in Dakar, Senegal on 23-25 October, 2017, this meeting has brought together representatives from West and Central African governments, civil society, representatives from donor countries, youth advocates and community leaders to discuss the issues, solutions and commit to bringing about a change.
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