Ending Child Marriage is a Human Rights Issue

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, a Peace is Loud speaker and the African Union Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriage in Africa, gave a personal, powerful speech at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights. She focused on child marriage, which affects 12 million girls worldwide every year. “Child marriage,” she told the audience, “is more than just a harmful practice– it’s a failure of human rights, of justice, of human security, and of development.”

She also pointed out the danger in using the term “child marriage”, noting, “naming is norming… What we call ‘child marriage’ is child sexual exploitation and a modern form of slavery.”

Child marriage is preventable, and it’s on all of us to declare it unacceptable. Learn more about the African Union’s campaign to end child marriage.

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