This week, African leaders have a rare opportunity to focus on child marriage, a practice that robs millions of girls of a future and holds back the development of the continent - and turn their commitments into action.
The African Girls Summit is taking place on 26th & 27th November in Zambia.
In the time it has taken to read this article 3 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