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COVID-19 Update: We are concerned that the number of girls forced into marriage will increase as financial hardship progressively worsens for families. The recent spike in domestic violence as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns may also put young girls in forced marriages at risk of enduring heightened levels of abuse.

Outlaw forced child marriage in Niger

Three-quarters of girls in Niger are married before they are adults.1 Child marriage often amounts to slavery, for example, when girls have not given their free and full consent, are subjected to control, exploited and unable to leave, 2 so outlawing it is an important step towards protecting Niger children.

Right now young girls are being married off to older men.

Fati Yahaya at just 20 has been married twice, divorced once, and suffered a postpartum hemorrhage after the birth of her first child.3 With the age of consent for girls set at 15 years old, and many marrying younger with parental permission, thousands of girls like Zeinabou and Fati face a life of abuse and unrealized potential.

President Mahamadou Issoufou has publicly declared his intent to address the causes of child marriage through programs that he says will reduce the prevalence of early marriages from 60 to 40 percent.4 In addition, a law has been proposed to change the age to 18 for girls but it is yet to be adopted. 

Call on Niger’s President to outlaw the child marriage of girls.

Find out more about forced child marriage around the world by clicking here.

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This may be hard to do. When their prophet married Aisha at 6 years old. And they are told to emulate him. Islam is practiced by 99% of the population.
This is going to be an up hill battle.
Very sad.

Giovanna Capone
Giovanna Capone

Absolutely needs to be stopped now!

Ellen Strohmeyer

Outlaw these pedophiles! How evil and disgusting.

Paula Endicott I
Paula Endicott I

Please stop the abuse of children in your country. You have the power to do something wonderful, something that will carry your name through all time. A chance to go down in history as the man who cared about the future mothers and grand mother of your generations. Your name will become words of pride if you stop the use of children brides.
There have been many before you who’s names carry this shame will your name go on the list or will it rise above the others to show your care.

Maureen LoCascio
Maureen LoCascio

Stop the pedophiles in your country
Give these young girls a chance to go to school & marry when they choose

Call on Niger’s President to outlaw child marriage

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Dear President Mahamadou Issoufou,

We applaud your commitment to reduce child marriage and welcome your efforts implementing education and social programs throughout your country.

We ask that you use your authority to push to outlaw child marriage by amending Niger’s Civil and Children’s Codes.

Outlawing child marriage will send a strong message that the practice must end and provide a firm legislative base to expand services to young women and girls.

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