CHILD RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS IN SOMALIA ARE CONCERNED BY THE RECENT INCIDENTS OF CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE COUNTRY

Monday 23 November 2020

CHILD RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS IN SOMALIA ARE CONCERNED BY THE RECENT INCIDENTS OF CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE COUNTRY

“The CHANGES/SNaP[1] Consortium partners in Somalia are concerned by the recent incidents of child marriage in the country, some involving people with high social status. The practice of the early marriage needs to be eradicated as it is an extreme violation of children’s rights. It deeply impacts children’s physical and emotional well-being, it hampers their education and development, and can also lead to death of young girls during child birth.

According to a study conducted by the consortium, more than 11% of Somali girls are married before they are 18 years old, a situation that has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of child marriage has been on the rise since the outbreak as many families struggle to keep their heads above water. 

To ensure the protection of children, we call upon the Federal Government of Somalia to ratify the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of children as soon as possible, and approve and enact the Sexual Offenses bill. 

We urge the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States to uphold child rights set forth in the UN Convention on the Rights of Children and end all forms of child rights violations and gender-based violence in Somalia.” 

 

List of the Consortium Members:

  1. 1.     Save the Children
  2. 2.     CARE International
  3. 3.     International Rescue Committee
  4. 4.     Nagaad Network
  5. 5.     Tag Foundation
  6. 6.     Somali Peace Line
  7. 7.     Somali Women’s Study Center
  8. 8.     Tadamun Social Society
  9. 9.     Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC)
  10. 10.  Mudug Peace and Human Development Organization (MPHDO)

 


[1] CHANGES/SNaP is a consortium of 10 NGOs who have collaborated with the aim of challenging and transforming harmful social norms and creating an enabling environment for girls and women in Somalia to reach their potential