Sintayehu, from Ethiopia, faced early, forced marriage after her father agreed to give her away to an older man. She was able to alert her school, where Plan International has helped train people to intervene and stop child marriages. Find out what happened after that in this short film.
Every year, an estimated 15 million girls aged under 18 are married worldwide with little or no say in the matter. The theme of this year's Day of the African Child (16 June) is the collective effort to #endchildmarriage .
In recent years, work to end child marriage has gained considerable momentum at all levels. This collective effort led to the adoption by the UN Assembly of a resolution to end the practice; the launch of a pan-African campaign against child marriage by the African Union and the inclusion of child marriage as a target under the new Sustainable Development Goals.
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