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Banning Child Marriage

Sierra Leone’s parliament recently passed the Prohibition of Child Marriage Bill, which criminalizes marriage for any person under 18 years old. Child marriage has long been a problem in Sierra Leone, with 30% of girls being forced into marriage before turning 18. This bill is a major step in protecting girls from the dangers associated with adolescent marriage and pregnancy, and hopefully will allow girls to remain in education rather than tending to a home. Additionally, the law bans aiding and abetting child marriage and ensures that girls affected by it have access to counseling and safe homes. Sierra Leone’s parliament is encouraging other African nations to join their path towards gender equality and protecting children’s rights. 

Image via Save the Children 

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