Child Marriage in Africa Project
The Gender Unit is currently engaged in a project on child marriage on Africa as part of a broader project to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa (SRRWA). Eliminating child marriage is a priority of the SRRWA whose mandate includes: to follow up on the implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and its Protocol relative to the Rights of Women in Africa by State Parties, notably by preparing reports on the situation of women rights in Africa and propose recommendations to be adopted by the Commission.
To support the SRRWA’s mandate, the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), undertook research in ten African countries to inform an overview report on child marriage in Africa, which will be submitted to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) by the SRRWA in 2015. The report includes concrete recommendations to states to eliminate child marriage and comply with their human rights obligations under, in particular, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Protocol), which provides for eighteen years as the minimum age of marriage. Several countries in Africa still have laws that do not conform to the Protocol in this respect.
The 10 countries that informed the overview report are:
The Centre for Human Rights is a member of Girls Not Brides and the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Network, also working to eliminate child marriage in Africa.