SADC Model Law: one step closer to ending child marriage in Southern Africa

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In the time it has taken to read this article 44 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

Alexandra Newlands

Girls Not Brides

Alexandra is the Africa Programme Associate at Girls Not Brides. She supports the implementation of Girls Not Brides’ strategic priorities in Africa and analyses policy and programmatic developments related to child marriage on the continent."