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Student Demands End To Early Child Marriage In Africa
By David Pamas Seedee, LINA Bomi County Correspondent
TUBMANBURG, June 18 (LINA) - A student of the United Pentecostal High School in Tubmanburg, Bomi County has called on African nations to accelerate collective efforts to end early child marriage in Africa.
Student Tegestine Kpenkel said worldwide over seven million children become victims of early marriage against their will with some being as young as eight years old.
Student Kpenkel made the statement on Tuesday in Tubmanburg, Bomi County when she served as Keynote Speaker during the program marking the Observance of the Day of the African Child (DAC).
Speaking on the Theme: Breaking Through the Religious and Traditional Norms of Our Society to End Child Marriage in Liberia, student Kpenkel said globally, South Asia has 49 percent, Central Africa with 45 percent and South East Africa with 50 percent of Child Marriage, among others.
She was quoting the International Census for Research on Women 2007 report.
Student Kpenkel said traditional and religious practices are instruments usually used to guide early child marriage in Liberia and it must stop now.
She urged parents and national leaders to allow children to remain children until they realize their potentials.
The Global theme of this year’s observance is “25 years after the Adoption of African Children Characters: Acceleration Of Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa.