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High-Level Meeting on Ending Child Marriage in West and Central Africa

Child marriage is a severe violation of human rights and a serious form of child abuse. If current trends continue, nearly half of all child brides in the world in 2050 will be in Africa.

West and Central Africa has the highest prevalence rate of child marriage in Africa and the world’s second highest prevalence rate, with five out of the six highest rates worldwide: Niger (76.3%), the Central African Republic (68%), Chad (68%), Mali (55%) and Guinea (52%).

While a growing number of countries have taken initial steps to address the problem, and while recent data shows a small decline, tangible actions are need to move from broad commitments to measurable progress.

There has been a growing momentum and recognition of the need to end child marriage, including a target within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework and the African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa, which has been launched in 12 countries in the West and Central Africa region.

You can follow the latest from the High Level Meeting on Ending Child Marriage on twitter under the hashtags #EndChildMarriage and #HLMWCA17

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