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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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S Bullock
S Bullock
2 years ago

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.

Bert Bucknell
Bert Bucknell
2 years ago
Reply to  S Bullock

This is an insult to humannity. I fail to understand how other GOVERNMENT’S only enter into a dispute with foreign countries when there are economic or financial concerns. But they will trade with GOVERNMENT’S that allow this to happen. Government has forgotten why they were created. Save the people from experiencing oppression.

Yavor Hadzhiev
Yavor Hadzhiev
2 years ago
Reply to  S Bullock

18 is much better than 15, and bear in mind that 18 would be the minimum age for marrying, if I understood well, and doesn’t mean that all girls will marry at the age of 18. Also, 18 as a minimum age would enable girls to at least be able to go through secondary education without dropping out because of early marriage.

Matt Moran
2 years ago

Very sad that this continues. Please keep fighting!

Sudhir Pandit
2 years ago

Anything forced is not natural and hence harmful.

Petra
Petra
2 years ago

Is there anyone in his/hers right mind who’d want to be forced into anything? Would you?… Would I?…. Hell, NO! Stop it! Forced marriage equals rape!

Ellen Strohmeyer
2 years ago

Outlaw these pedophiles! How evil and disgusting.

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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