From our Friends at URI-Africa:
Dear Colleagues ,
Greetings of peace and blessing from URI-Africa.
This is to inform you that URI-Africa took part at the capacity building workshop for religious, traditional leaders and parliamentarians on ending child marriage in Africa.
The workshop was held from September 15 -18, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at African Union Commission Headquarters with the aim to provide an understanding of child marriage and other harmful traditional practices focusing on the role of religious and traditional leaders as well as parliamentarians to be important agents of change in ending child marriage in Africa.
Child marriage is a complex issue that is driven by a number of factors in different societies. In many places and cultures, child marriage follows other harmful and traditional practices such as breast ironing and female genital mutilation.
Child marriage is a harmful practice which severely affects the rights of a child and further deprives the child from attaining other aspiration. Therefore this act has to end
URI-Africa express it support in the effort of ending child marriage in Africa and towards this join hands in the continental campaign to invigorate the movement to ending child marriage in Africa. The African Union Campaign of ending child marriage is focused to increase the capacity of state and non-state actors to undertake evidence based policy advocacy targeted at ending child marriage in Africa.
URI-Africa is also committed to support the effort of African Union member states to frame, launch and execute National Strategies and Programmes and call for a social movement at grassroots level involving lawyers, magistrates, judges, teachers, health and social workers, traditional and religious leaders, men, boys among others to Prevent and End Child Marriage as an issue of human rights and harmful traditional practice.
May Peace Prevail on Earth
In peace and gratitude