Wait for the matoke to ripen: Encouraging communities to delay early marriage in Uganda

Photo: Rebecca Vassie

In the time it has taken to read this article 72 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

Moses Ntenga

Moses Ntenga is the Founder and Executive Director of Joy for Children, an organisation that campaigns for the rights of vulnerable children in Uganda where 40% of girls are married by the age of 18. He is also the coordinator of the National Partnership, Girls Not Brides Uganda.