JOHANNESBURG (AFP/Yahoo News) — Child marriages in Africa are set to more than double by 2050 unless urgent steps are taken, UNICEF warned Thursday as delegates met in Zambia to discuss how to halt the practice.
The two-day meeting in Lusaka is the African Union’s first conference on “Ending Child Marriage in Africa”, gathering representatives from member states as well as first ladies, UN officials and civil society groups.
“The total number of child brides will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050 … if we do not do something now,” UNICEF deputy executive director Fatoumata Ndiaye told AFP.
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