A third of African countries have discriminatory minimum age for marriage or allow child marriage - ACPF

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In the time it has taken to read this article 16 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

About the author

Théophane Nikyèma

The African Child Policy Forum

Théophane Nikyèma is Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). The African Child Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy research and dialogue on the African child. It aims to put children in Africa on the public agenda, through the development and implementation of pro-child policies and laws.