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Child marriage and domestic violence: what we found in 16 African countries

By Anthony Idowu Ajayi, Associate research scientist, African Population and Health Research Center
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The number of girls who marry before their 15th birthday has remained unchanged for 20 years in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The region has the highest rate of child marriage, with nearly four in 10 girls married before age 18. In Niger, for example, over 77% of girls are married before the age of 18.

This is despite efforts by governments, developmental partners and civil…


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