Outlaw forced child marriage in Niger

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Three-quarters of girls in Niger are married before they are adults.1 Child marriage often amounts to slavery, for example, when girls have not given their free and full consent, are subjected to control, exploited and unable to leave, 2 so outlawing it is an important step towards protecting Niger children.

Right now young girls are being married off to older men.

Fati Yahaya at just 20 has been married twice, divorced once, and suffered a postpartum hemorrhage after the birth of her first child.3 With the age of consent for girls set at 15 years old, and many marrying younger with parental permission, thousands of girls like Zeinabou and Fati face a life of abuse and unrealized potential.

President Mahamadou Issoufou has publicly declared his intent to address the causes of child marriage through programs that he says will reduce the prevalence of early marriages from 60 to 40 percent.4 In addition, a law has been proposed to change the age to 18 for girls but it is yet to be adopted. 

Call on Niger’s President to outlaw the child marriage of girls.

Find out more about forced child marriage around the world by clicking here.

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Anne Maxwell-Jackson

No one should be forced to be married, period.

Sarah Young
Sarah Young

Grown men having relations with young vulnerable girls and them becoming their slaves in every which way, it’s sickening . The government has to protect these young women who should be able to realise their potential and then choose their own husband when they feel ready, and not before. Their youth and virginity is being stolen from them. Please give them the freedom to choose what they do with their lives and not be bound by ancient laws that are no longer relevant in the 21st century


prohibit older men from taking young girls to their bride

Bert Bucknell
Bert Bucknell

All politicians should think of this happening to THEIR young girls. Government’s all over the world have forgotten who they represent….. The PEOPLE. Until we all raise our voices there will be no change. The POLITICIANS of the world have divided the people into small reactionary groups that struggle to raise THEIR voices and be heard. Once they form a coalition with other groups, again and again…. The power will be with the people. CHANGE IS COMING — DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTIO

Charles Lycan
Charles Lycan

The president of Niger could change the whole cultural paradigm about women and marriage in his country. I said COULD and the rest if up to him and the legacy he will leave behind for the continent.

Call on Niger’s President to outlaw child marriage

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Dear President Mahamadou Issoufou,

We applaud your commitment to reduce child marriage and welcome your efforts implementing education and social programs throughout your country.

We ask that you use your authority to push to outlaw child marriage by amending Niger’s Civil and Children’s Codes.

Outlawing child marriage will send a strong message that the practice must end and provide a firm legislative base to expand services to young women and girls.

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