Mentoring and educational programs for girls in Ethiopia help delay marriage and give girls time to develop their own dreams.
Kenya is keen to make laws criminalizing child marriage but is not ready to follow through with the promise to protect girls.
Legislation proposed by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) would take concrete steps to prevent child marriage in the countries where girls are most vulnerable by generating political commitment to address child marriage as a human rights abuse.
It’s tempting to think of early marriage as a solution to economic deprivation. But early marriage almost always means less education, limited opportunities and economic insecurity for the married girl.