Standing Up for Themselves, Nigerien Girls Refuse Child Marriage

Niger has one of the highest known child marriage rates in the world, with three out of four girls in this West African country married before age 18. But some girls are refusing this traditional cultural practice and are being helped by women who were themselves forced into child marriage.Balkissa Chaibou, 24, meets twice a month with Nigerian girls to discuss their right to oppose arranged marriage.The United Nations says three out of four girls in Niger are married before age 18.Chaibou is taking a stand against child marriage because...

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Published By: VOA Africa - 7 days ago

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