75% of Girls in Nigeria Get Married Before 18 – Action Aid

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Action Aid Nigeria has said that 75 per cent of girls in Nigeria get married before the age of 18.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, Mrs Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba, Deputy Country Director of the organisation made this remark in Abuja at a two-day conference on the “Social Protection of the Girl-child.’’

Charles-Monwuba, who spoke on “International Perspective on Child Marriage,” emphasised the need for girls to maximise their potential in life.
She said “To ensure that girls are kept in school there are international instruments required for children which includes; universal declaration of human rights.

“Right to education, ensuring an inclusive, equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

“According to UN Population Council of 2013, 75 per cent of girls in Nigeria get married before they attain the age of 18.

“100 million girls under the age of 18 will marry in the next decade if the current trend continues.”

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