18, November 2016
The Confederation of African Football, (CAF) in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the African Union (AU), Powerplay and the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) recently launched the “Together against the marriage of young girls” campaign towards abandoning child marriages on the continent.
During the Yaoundé Hilton Hotel event that held on the 17th of November 2016, the CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani explained that the Africa Women Cup of nations is one of those rare platforms to highlight the problems confronting the African woman and to encourage their emancipation.
Cameroon government statistics indicates that one in five girls (20 per cent) aged 15 to 19 in Cameroon is married and about 15 million girls worldwide are forced into marriage before they turn 18. With these early marriages having adverse effects on health and social integration, CAF and its partners decided to host advocacy activities to end child marriages before, during and after matches during the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.