Tanzania partners with Unicef ​​to launch campaign to end child marriage

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The Tanzanian government and Unicef ​​have launched a campaign to end child marriage in the country.

The Unicef ​​statement said the campaign, which launched on Wednesday and called Binti, which means girl in Kiswahili, aims to rally public support to raise the age of marriage for girls and change perceptions of marriage. society on the importance of the girl child, reports the Xinhua news agency. .

It is estimated that three out of 10 women in Tanzania marry as children, making it the 11th highest number of child brides in the world, according to the statement.

The declaration indicates that the prevention of child marriage is an entry point to address broader questions concerning the aspirations and life opportunities of children and young people, the value of girls in society, breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and ensuring the role of young people as agents of change. .

“We need to take a closer look at the opportunities that girls in Tanzania are missing out on because of child marriage,” said Shalini Bahuguna, Unicef’s representative in Tanzania.

“When girls are conditioned to expect to sacrifice their education, childhood and dreams to get married, it damages their mental health and they are exposed to a cycle of violence, exploitation, poor health and poverty, reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to society.”

With a population of almost 60 million and more than 50% under the age of 18, Tanzania is experiencing growing demand for quality education, improved health care and growing difficulties for young people to find a job, among other bottlenecks, the statement said.

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