Child marriage disproportionately affects young girls, who are much more likely to be married as children than young boys. The latest international estimates indicate that worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children. Seventeen percent of them, or 125 million, live in Africa. Approximately 39 per cent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married before the age of 18 (Girls Not Brides 2015).
Early child marriages have detrimental social and health effects on young women. The Ottawa Charter of Health Promotion an international agreement signed at the First International Conference on Health Promotion of 1986 launched a series of actions among international organizations, national governments and local communities to achieve the goal of "Health For All" by the year 2000 and beyond through better health promotion through the following key action areas:
- Building healthy public policy
- Creating supportive environments
- Strengthening community action
- Developing personal skills
- Re-orienting health care services toward prevention of illness and promotion of health
It is against this background that Gateway Health institute in collaboration with Hivos Southern Africa and Sex Rights Africa Network are hosting a Networking Learning Discussion on Early and Forced Marriage. As a key stakeholder in the AYSRHR response, you are invited to attend this event focusing on Early and Forced Marriage, on 9 November 2017 as we discuss the way forward for our region.
* Please RSVP before 3 November 2017 by following this link https://goo.gl/KLxXfj