Africa holds first-ever summit on ending child marriage

Malawi delegation participated to Africa Union’s first-ever African Girl’s Summit on Ending Child Marriage held in Lusaka, Zambia.

Malawian delegation at the summit

Malawian delegation at the summit

A two-day gathering which started on Thursday unites diplomats, UN officials and NGOs for talks on how to change regional cultural norms.

The African Union says about 14 million under-age girls are married on the continent each year — almost all of them forced to by their parents, often against laws that are rarely enforced.

The Summit follows the 2014 London Girls Summit and illustrating the African union Commission’s dedication to continue fighting against child marriage and other harmful traditional practices affecting girls and women in Africa.

The African Girls’ Summit is offering recognition of the efforts being made by African Governments and other stakeholders in advocating the rights of children, particularly the girl-child respectively.

Child marriage is deeply rooted in gender inequality, poverty, illiteracy, tradition, religion and culture.

The practice has an impact on the welfare of the child as well as on socio-economic and socio-political developmental efforts.

“Child marriage is a human rights violation that robs girls of their rights to health, to live in security, and to choose if, when and whom to marry,” the AU.

According to a AU, in patriarchal cultures, girls lack the same perceived value as boys right from birth; families and communities and  may discount the benefits of educating and investing in their daughters’ development.

The opening of the summit was graced by Zambian president Edgar Lungu first ladies from Zambia south African, Ethiopia including gender ministers from African continent.

The inaugural AU “child bride” meeting in Lusaka focused on sharing experience of campaigns to reduce child marriage and on securing higher government funding.


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10 thoughts on “Africa holds first-ever summit on ending child marriage”

  1. Rasta says:

    I dont know if u have noticed all i hear is an attack on early child Marriage,fine.But nothing against teenage sex which also causes cervical cancer and u say they can only get married when she is 18 but is it ok to have sex b4 she is married? and the consequences of sex b4 marriage on a society and the girls themselves are huge.To me this is just an attack on Marriage btwn a Man and a woman as a whole under the pretext of child marriges.But instead u r promoting uldetely by making more condoms and for even females,campaigning for abortion and homosexuality all this things r coming from the same direction being funded by foreign currencies,THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

  2. Chisomo says:

    Ku Cz zanyanya

  3. Ingodyani ma allowansiwo muzibwera! Do you need a summit in SA to curb early marriages in Balaka? Mukabwera ntchito kuonera porn muofesi basi. Shupit!

  4. Yahudah says:

    What is marriage?

    Genesis 2:18
    And YAH The Creator said, “It is not good for the man to be alone, I am . going to make a helper for him, as his counterpart.”

    Genesis 2:21-24
    21. So YAH Mighty One caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he skept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed u the flesh in its place. 23 And the man said,”This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one is called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man. “24 For this cause a man shall leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

    YAH LAWS AGAINST WHORING(having sex outside of marriage)

    Deuteronomy 23:17
    There shall be no whores amongst te daughters of Yisra’Yl, nor a sodomite among the sons of Yisra’Yl.

    Ecclesiasticus 7:23-25
    Have you sons discipline them and break them in from their earliers years. Have you you daughters see that they keep their virginity and do not be too lenient with them. Marry your daughter and a great load will be off your hands but give her to a righteous husband.

    When is a girl consider a young woman?

    YAHZEQYL 16:7-9

    7. I have let you grow like a plant in the field. And you are grown and great and come in the finest ornaments, BREAST WERE FORM AND YOUR HAIR GREW, AND YOU WERE NAKED AND BARE. 8 Again I passed by you and looked upon you and saw that your time of carnal-love(sex). And I spead my skirt over you and covered your nakedness. A nn d I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you and you became mine,”declares the Master YAH. ‘ 9 “And I washed youin water, and I washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil.

    1 Corinthians 7:36
    And if anyone thinks he is behaving improperly toward his maiden, if she is past the flower of her youth(started her menstrual cycle), and so it should be, let him do what he desires, he does not sin- let them marry.

    The judgement of a daughter of Yisra’Yl (so called africans/ so called Malawian) who whores (have sex outside of marriage)

    Deuteronomy 22:13-21
    13. When a man takes a wife, and shall go to her and shall hate her, 14 and shall make abusive charges against her and bring an evil name on her and say, ” I took this woman, and when I came to her I did not find her a virgin,’ 15 then the fathe and the mother of the young woman shall take and bring out the proof of the girls virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. And the girl father shall say to elders, ” I gave my daughter to this man as wife, and he hates her. 17 ‘ And see, he has made abusive charges against her, saying, “I did not find your daughter a maiden,” and yet these are the proofs of my daughter’s virginity. ‘ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city. 18 ” And the elders of that city shall take that man and punish him, 18 and fine him one hundred pieces of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought an evil name on a virgin of Yisra’Yl, And she is to be his wife, he is not allowed to put her away all his days. 20 ” BUT IF THE MATTER IS TRUE, THAT THE GIRL WAS NOT FOUND A VIRGIN, 21 THEN THEY SHALL BRING OUT THE GIRL TO THE DOOR OF HER FATHER’S HOUSE, AND THE MEN OF HER CITY SHALLL STONE HER TO DEATHVWITH STONES, BECAUSE SHE HAS DONE WICKEDNESS IN YISRA’YL, TO WHORE IN HER FATHER’S HOUSE. THUS YOU SHALL PURGE THE EVIL FROM YOUR MIDST.

    What is sin?

    1John 3:4
    Everyone doing sin breaks the laws ofYAH, sin is breaking of the laws of YAH.

    What makes a man/woman to be consider righteous?

    Deuteronomy 6:24-25
    24.YAH commanded us to do all these laws for or our good always and to keeps us alives as it is today. 25 It is righteousness for us when we guard to do all the commands of YAH our Almighty Power.

    Mattthew 5:19 Whoever breaks the least of the commands and teaches men so shall be called the least in the reign of the heavens, but whoever do them and teaches them shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.

    James 2:10-11
    Whoever shall guard all the Torah and stumble in one point he is guilty of all. For He who said do not commit adultery also say Do murder.” So if you do murder but do not commit adultery youhave become a transgressor of the Torah (laws).

    Proverbs 13:13
    He who despises the Word is destroyed but He who fears the commands are rewarded

    Deuteronomy 11:26-28
    See I am settting before you today the blessing or the curse. The blessing when you obey the commands of YAH your MIGHTY ONE. And the curse if you do not obey the voice of YAH your MIGHTY ONE but turnaside from the way which I command you to go after other mighty ones which you have not known.

    Eccvlesiasticus 11:14
    God, Bad fortune, life and death, poverty and wealth all comes from YAH.

    24. THUS SAID YAH, and HE who form you from the womb. I am YAH doing all alone,’strectching out the heavens all alone. Spreading out the earth with none besides Me. Frustrating the sign of the babblers and driving diviners mad. Turning wise man backwards, and making their knowledge foolish.

    Deuteronomy 32:39-41
    See now that I am He, and there is no Mighty One besides Me! I put to death and I make alive! I have wounded and I heal from my hand no one delivers! 40. For as I lift up my hand to the heavens and shall say as I live forever! If I sharpened My flashing sword and My hand takes hold of judgement, I shall return vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me. 42 I make My arrows drunk with blood, And My sword devours flesh from the blood of the slain to the arrogant enemy chief.

  5. Malipeya says:

    Mukabwera muzatithandize kuponyera mundende a Mp anyenga ndikukwata kamwana ku Lilongwe.

  6. NIX says:

    I don’t see african leaders here!what do u mean when u say child marriage?girls of 18 yrs up wards can get married if its necessary,some girls messes around then what shud their parents do? When they get impragnated where do they run?to human rights groups and ngo’s?? You human rights groups are spoiling many children in africa!the westerners are using u to teach their shamelessness and immoral behaviour in our continent,that’s why children are losing respect and culture, becoz of you pulpets of westerners!most of you are working for them blindly.u don’t knw what is their aim! Becarefull my fellow africans!

  7. PICHI says:

    ki ki ki ki kodi chimakhala chani kumavala zovala zoseketsa ku ma meeting akunjawa? Timavala chonchi ku ma meeting ku Malawi? Ma cartoon basi.

  8. dzambo says:

    so how do you end child marriage, by meeting there?

  9. becks says:

    Meetings meetings meetings

  10. guta says:

    Good luck team Malawi

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