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. Child marriage violates girls’ rights to health, education and employment. It exposes them to violence and traps them, their families, and their nations in a cycle of intergenerational poverty, thereby costing countries billions of dollars and preventing them from achieving sustainable development.
Together with Kinderpostzegels, The Hunger Project Nederland and University of Amsterdam we are creating child marriage-free communities in eleven countries worldwide with our HER CHOICE programme.