How important is minimum age of marriage legislation to end child marriage in Africa?

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In the time it has taken to read this article 36 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

Violet Odala

Violet Odala is Head of the Children and the Law Programme at The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). Lemlem Fiseha, Gamuchirai Tagwireyi and Sousena Tefera of ACPF all contributed to this report.