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Published on Jun 15, 2016
In February 2016, the Girls Not Brides team headed out to Zambia to film “We are Girls, Not Brides”, a two-minute music video about ending child marriage. The song was written, composed and sung by a group of talented young girls from Lusaka Girls School, who take part in a girls’ empowerment club run by Girls Not Brides member Continuity Zambia.
On Day of the African Child, this song is a powerful reminder that girls want to be girls not brides, and that governments must deliver on their commitments to end child marriage in Africa.
- Africa is home to 16 of the 20 countries with the highest child marriage rates in the world. - If we do nothing, the number of child brides in Africa is expected to double by 2050. - However, if we accelerate progress, we could halve the prevalence of child marriage in Africa by 2050.
There's never been a better time to end child marriage in Africa than now!
- A growing number of countries are developing national strategies to end child marriage. - The African Union has launched a continental campaign to end child marriage in Africa. - Target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims to end child, early and forced marriage by 2030.
If we work together, we can translate commitments into reality and accelerate progress to end child marriage in Africa.
- All governments should develop and implement well-resourced, comprehensive, cross-sectoral policies, programmes and plans to end child marriage and support married girls. - Everyone has a role to play in ending child marriage: governments, development agencies, donors, civil society, youth, as well as girls themselves. - With almost 200 million people aged 15-24 living in Africa, young people must be at the heart of efforts to end child marriage.