Taking Action to End Child Marriage

Canada’s offices abroad – taking action to end child, early forced marriage

 
Child brides: Canada raises awareness in Cameroon

Aissitou’s ordeal began 20 years ago when her father abandoned her family. Assitou was left to care for her mother, also a child bride, meaning she was no longer able to go to school, something that she loved deeply.
[Cameroon, November 2016]

 
Guatemala: Empowering Women and Girls to Reach their Full Potential

Update: April 2016, scholarships helped girls complete the school year.
[Guatemala, April 2016]

 
Zimbabwe: Young girls get support from Zimbabwe’s legal world

The Embassy of Canada to Zimbabwe advances child marriage discussions in one of the four southern African countries with the highest rates of child marriage.
[Zimbabwe, March 2016]

 
Egypt: Leaders learn how to empower Egypt’s girls

The Embassy of Canada to Egypt supported a series of workshops that equipped Egypt’s community leaders with media production skills to fight against CEFM and gender-based violence.
[Egypt, March 2016]

 
Malaysia: Sharing “Girls’ Voices”

The High Commission of Canada in Malaysia hosted a public photo exhibition called "Girls’ Voices: Speaking Out Against Child Marriage" which reached an audience of 21 million people.
[Malaysia, February 2016]


Ethiopia: After three early marriages – young girl’s story inspires others

Canada exhibits the progress on CEFM in Ethiopia: “Local partners, Local Progress: Working together toward the elimination of child marriage.”
[Ethiopia, March 2016]


Côte d’Ivoire: Helping Girls Realize their Full Potential

Canada partnered with the United Nations Population Fund to organize a film screening and panel discussion on strategies to end child marriage.
[Côte d’Ivoire, January 2016]


Girls’ Voices Exhibit: Speaking Out Against Child Marriage

Government of Canada offices around the world will be hosting this exhibit and are proud to provide girls and young women with a platform to share their stories and let their voices be heard.


Guatemala: Empowering girls: Fighting CEFM

In their campaign against CEFM, the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala provided scholarships to help young girls pursue an education, not marriage.
[Guatemala, January 2015]


Kenya: Child Brides – Voices from Kenya

A program officer from the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) at Global Affairs Canada reveals the stories from child brides in Kenya.
[Kenya, October 2015]


Bangladesh: Canada awards officials in the battle against child, early and forced marriage

The High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh honours Bangladesh officials for demonstrating leadership in preventing child marriage.
[Bangladesh, October 2015]


Senegal: Joining forces in the fight against child, early and forced marriage

The Embassy of Canada to Senegal hosted a series of events against CEFM including a training session for local journalists, a panel discussion, a march through the city and a concert.
[Senegal, June 2015]


Ghana: Lifting Social Barriers, Empowering Communities

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supports Maata-N-Tudu Association’s training workshops on ending gender based violence and child, early and forced marriage in Northern Ghana.
[Ghana, May 2015]


Tanzania: Championing an end to CEFM

The High Commission of Canada to Tanzania announced its first Champion in the effort to end CEFM, Ms. Valerie Msoka.
[Tanzania, March 2015]


Zimbabwe: Rallying Together to End Child Marriage

NGOs and the local community come together to share knowledge, build partnerships, and strengthen global action against child, early and forced marriage.
[Zimbabwe, March 2015]


India: Saving Childhood by Supporting Child Marriage Prevention

As part of Canada’s commitment to end CEFM, the High Commission of Canada in India organized a seminar on CEFM prevention in Bihar, India.
[India, February 2015]


Guatemala: Empowering Girls and Fighting CEFM

In their campaign against CEFM, the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala provided scholarships to help young girls pursue an education, not marriage.
[Guatemala, January 2015]


Turkey: “Nadia’s Journey” screened for the first time in a Muslim country.

Nadia Zouaoui, a Canadian journalist and filmmaker born in Algeria, screened her documentary on child brides, “Nadia’s Journey”, in Turkey.
[Turkey, January 2015]


Ghana: Paving a CEFM-free future

The High Commission of Canada to Ghana engaged traditional religious leaders and peer educators to raise awareness about the dangers of Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) amongst Ghana’s most vulnerable.
[Ghana, November 2014]