The girls stand confidently and proudly as they walk out of the training centre.
Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2016 % Married by 18
* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old.
* According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2016.
Approximately 1 in 3 in the Gambia are married before the age of 18.
Legal age of marriage
In July 2016, the Gambia made marriage under the age of 18 illegal. People involved in decisions to marry children, including parents, spouse and religious leaders, face up to 21 years in prison.
Initiatives to end child marriage
On 16 June 2016, the Gambia launched the African Union campaign to end child marriage in Africa. The Government also declared June 2016 as “the month on ending child marriage” and organised a nation-wide sensitization campaign under the leadership of the First Lady.