17 September 2017 - Margaret Musonda’s campaign against the abuse of children in Zambia has drawn comparisons with globally renowned children’s rights activist, Pakistani Malala Yousafzai.

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COTONOU, 16 June 2017 – In an effort to strengthen national consciousness and action towards ending child marriage, the Government of the Republic of Benin launched the AU Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa and commemorated the continental Day of the African Child under the theme, “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal opportunity".

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DODOMA, April 28 2017 - Lawmakers yesterday tasked the government to explain when it will specifically revise the heavily criticized Law of Marriage Act of 1976 in order to protect young girls from being married off at a tender age.

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BLANTYRE, 25 April 2017 - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has signed a constitutional amendment raising the legal marriage age to 18. The amendment marks the final step in a years-long process in Malawi to outlaw child marriage. But rights campaigners say it is just a start, and the country must now enforce the ban.

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19 April 2017 - Government says is working on enacting a law that will criminalize child marriages in Zambia.

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ACCRA, 27 February 2017 - Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has called for zero tolerance on child marriages in Africa.

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15 February 2017 - Malawi has made a historic amendment to its constitution to fully outlaw child marriage following a year-long campaign by youth groups and organisations including Plan International.

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14 February 2017 - Dar es Salaam - More than 40 percent of Tanzania’s adolescents are left out of quality lower-secondary education despite the government’s positive decision to make lower-secondary education free.

 

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MAROUA/BATOURI, 10 January 2017 - “My father forced me into marriage at the age of 14 – to a man I barely even knew,” Aminatou Bello, now 16, told UNFPA in Maroua, in the extreme north of Cameroon. The marriage quickly turned violent. “I was being beaten all the time,” she said.

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08 January 2017 - Photographs from Egypt showing the ‘engagement ceremony’ of a seven-year-old boy to his four–year-old cousin are sparking outrage on social media — and highlighting that country’s continued failure to eradicate child marriage.

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