Number of African child brides to double
If nothing changes, UNICEF says 310-million girls will be forced into early marriages by 2050
Dec. 3, 2015
NEW YORK — The number of child brides is projected to double in Africa from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to the UNICEF report, A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa.
The NGO reports that although there are 10-percent less African child brides now than in 1990, the rate of decline is not keeping pace with the country’s rising population of girls, which is expected to grow from 275 million this year to 465 million in 2050.
“The sheer number of girls affected — and what this means in terms of lost childhoods and shattered futures — underlines the urgency of banning the practice of child marriage once and for all,” said Anthony Lake, executive director for the non-profit. “The data is also clear that ending child marriage requires a much sharper focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalized girls — those in greatest need and at greatest risk — with quality education and a host of other protective services.
For the complete report, visit unicef.org.