South Sudan set to campaign against child marriage

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:21 am

South Sudan’s authorities in partnership with UNICEF launched a marketing campaign Monday against toddler marriage to address the challenges ladies are facing. 

In South Sudan, 52% of all ladies are married before they attain 18 and round one 1/3 of all ladies are pregnant earlier than turning 15, depriving them of their simple rights, and for some, even their lives.

With the slogan “Some matters are now not in shape for youngsters – marriage is one of them,” UNICEF is highlighting how toddler marriage can be unfavourable to girls’ education, improvement and finally their futures.

“With the closure of schools, more time spent at home and elevated stress due to COVID-19, greater women have been uncovered to improved danger of sexual abuse, baby marriage and early pregnancies,” said Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Ayaa Benjamin Warille.

She called on all of us in South Sudan to be part of fingers in ending infant marriage in the country.

Child marriage is deeply rooted in gender inequality and harmful social norms. South Sudan is among the international locations with deeply entrenched cultural practices and social norms linked to gender.

Child marriage is similarly fuelled by using poverty. “Through the marketing campaign launched, we are sending a clear message that marriage is not for children.

It harms children, especially girls, and it need to end now,” said Mohamed Ag Ayoya, the UNICEF consultant in South Sudan.