"I got married to a man who already had 2 wives,", explains Enala Gondwe. "My husband could hardly afford to support three wives and 16 children." At 29, she decided to go back to school and now fights against child marriage.
“We are taking them for Jihad,” al Shabab militants reportedly told teachers at a school in Somalia. The rights group Human Rights Watch has documented the evidence.
Though laws may forbid minors from marrying, forced premature matrimony remains a major issue for girls across the world. Many are condemned to lives of suffering.
Many West African women have experienced physical violence in their lives. Guinean women's rights activist Binta Ann says laws are not enough - governments need to follow through to help protect women.
Three in four children regularly suffer violence committed by parents and guardians. In Africa, too, many children become victims of domestic violence. South Africa has now outlawed corporal punishment in the home.
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