In Ethiopia, 40% of all girls are married before their 18th birthday. Tsigist, 16, was close to becoming one of them. However, with the help of her school, her parents agreed to change their plans and let her continue her education. Tsigist is now an active member of the school’s girls’ club, which is working to ensure that no girl or boy is married in childhood in their community.
The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage works to ensure that adolescent girls at risk of, and affected by child marriage are effectively making their own informed decisions and choices regarding marriage, education and sexual and reproductive health; that relevant sectoral systems and institutions effectively respond to the needs of adolescent girls and their families; and that there is enhanced legal and political response to prevent child marriage and to support pregnant, married, divorced or widowed adolescent girls. #EndChildMarriage
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