LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on
Tuesday that ending child marriages in Africa by 2030
requires serious commitments by leaders and other
delivered during a high-level side event on the margins
of the 72nd Session of the United Nations
General Assembly in New York, the Zambian leader said
African leaders needed to renew their commitments to
ending the scourge.
child marriages by 2030 will require a range of action,
including making sure girls have access to quality
education, legal reforms and changing traditional
harmful practices,” Lungu said, according to a statement
released by his office.
of activities aimed at fighting child marriages as well
as increasing budgetary allocations to the fight were
vital if the battle was to be won, he said.
hosted the event in collaboration with the Canadian
government and with support from the UN Women, United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the African Union
which was also attended by Malawian President Peter
Mutharika and Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni, was
organized for leaders to renew their commitments and
accelerate efforts to end child marriages in Africa by
provided an opportunity for the leaders to renew
existing partnerships to end child marriages ahead of
the second African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child
Marriage in Africa.
UN figures, almost 750 million women and girls alive
today in the world were married before their 18th
birthday while in West and Central Africa, where the
scourge is common, more than four in 10 girls were
married before age 18.
acknowledging that child marriages is slowly declining
worldwide, the UN warns that if the trend continues due
to population growth, the total number of child brides
will remain around 750 million in 2030, with a third of
them being in Africa.