Youth from 22 countries adopt Melaka declaration to end child marriage

Photo: Jessica Lea, Department for International Development

In the time it has taken to read this article 37 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

Mpho Elizabeth Mpofu

  • Founder and Executive Director

Voice of Africa

Mpho Elizabeth Mpofu is the founder and Executive Director of the Voice of Africa, an organisation that provides youth counselling services to African youths in Zimbabwe and Botswana so they can lead a dignified, purpose-filled life. Mpho is a youth advocate. She studied criminal justice at the University of Botswana.