Sierra Leone’s parliament has approved a law banning child marriage in a development lauded by activists as a major win for children’s rights.

The law criminalizes marrying girls under 18 years of age. It also prescribes jail terms of up to 15 years for offenders.

One-third of all girls are married before their 18th birthday in the west African country, according to UNICEF.

The country is home to 800,000 child brides, 400,000 of whom were married before age 15, the UN body says.

Often due to poverty, many girls in Sierra Leone fail to stay in school. They are then married off by their families in a bid to improve their financial situations or to pay off debt.

Read More: World News | Entertainment News | Celeb News
African News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Yael Cohen Aris

Table of Bio/Wiki Yael Cohen Aris Wiki / Bio (Birthday, Age &…

Justin Theroux Is ‘So Happy’ With Girlfriend Nicole Brydon Bloom After Their Red Carpet Debut

Plus one! Nicole Brydon Bloom brought boyfriend Justin Theroux to the L.A.…

Gaza war: Deadly strikes on Rafah, Israel raids Nur Shams camp in West Bank

**This Saturday (Apr. 20), as has been the case for the past…