Sierra Leone passes historic bill to end child marriage

Sierra Leone’s parliament has approved The Prohibition of Child Marriage Bill 2024.

In the time it has taken to read this article 29 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 2 seconds

Data sources

  • [1] 2019 Human Rights Council Resolution on child early and forced marriage

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