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Located in West Africa, Nigeria is the African continent’s most populous country with the strongest economy, yet it faces a number of social concerns including a poor human rights track record. Child marriage is a pressing human rights issue and its practice continues to be prominent in Nigeria, where some 35% of girls in the country are married by 15 years of age, figures which rise in the northwestern regions of the country.

What We Do:

Save the Children is working to prevent and address child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in three Northern states of Nigeria – Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara. The project uses Save the Children’s model for CEFM interventions, based on the pillars of Prevention, Protection and Empowerment in order to protect girls and boys from child marriage and fulfill their equal rights. The project gives priority focus to women and girls - those most at-risk and affected by CEFM - though boys and men also play active and essential roles, supporting holistic gender-sensitive and transformative approaches across all project activities.

By March 2017, we aim to:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills of girls and boys via equitable access to education, vocational training and life skills training with a focus on leadership, child rights and gender equality.
  • Enhance knowledge and skills for families and communities, including girls and boys alongside women and men, to support prevention and address CEFM and early parenthood.
  • Strengthen the capacity of non-governmental organizations to address CEFM via the implementation of sustainable, integrated action plans to promote delaying early child marriage and parenthood for girls.
  • Enhanced knowledge of and commitment from local governments in target districts to include prevention of child, early and forced marriages in policy and legislation, and implement mechanisms to report and respond to violations of rights.
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