International Women’s Day: The Pledge for Parity That Could Save Nigeria’s Future Child Brides

Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 12:00

This year’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘Pledge for Parity’ carries a message for all. Women and men are invited to take a firm step to speed up gender equality, and I want to use this day to encourage the governments across the developing world to do what they can to protect a vital and precious group in every society, adolescent girls. In Nigeria, 19% of children are married by the time they reach age 15 years, and 39% by the time they turn 18, while Niger Republic holds the highest figures on the continent, at 39% and 75% respectively.