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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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it should be 30

S Bullock

We must find a way to protect these young girls from forced marriage and
possible injury……. they are too young. We plead with President Mahamadou to address this issue, 18 is better but it STILL AN INSULT TO FEMALES. This must be stopped.

Sudhir Pandit

Anything forced is not natural and hence harmful.

Matt Moran

Very sad that this continues. Please keep fighting!

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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Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 85 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential.

Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.


La Coalition des Organisations Nigériennes des Droits de l'Enfant (CONIDE) is a coalition of organisations in Niger working towards the rights of the child. This organization includes over 60 member bodies and its objective is to coordinate actions, facilitate the sharing of experiences among actors and to build the capacities of members.

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