Child Marriage is a Human Rights Violation – Somalia should Reverse its New Bill

According to news reports, the bill would allow child marriage as soon as a girl’s sexual organs mature. It would also allow a forcible marriage as long as the girl’s parents agree.

In this 21st century and age of #MeToo, this bill is regressive and repressive of the fundamental rights of women. If it is legislated, it will undermine the struggle for a gender-balanced society in Africa.

Child brides are common in Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of women were married as children, as African countries account for 15 out of the 20 with the highest rates of child marriage…..

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