Taking Action to End Child Marriage

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


It takes a village: Addressing child, early and forced marriage in Côte d’Ivoire

For the community of Bondoukou, a town in eastern Côte d’Ivoire, discussing child, early and forced marriage was taboo. Even those who did not approve stayed silent..
[Côte d’Ivoire, October 2018]


In Tanzania, film is a powerful tool to end FGM

In Tanzania and Canada, activists are promoting awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through screenings of In the Name of Your Daughter, a film about Tanzanian girls who run away from home to escape FGM.
[Tanzania, August 2018]


A Champion for girls’ rights in Tanzania

Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) is a persistent issue in Tanzania where 2 in 5 girls are married before 18 will be married before they turn 18 years old.
[Tanzania, April 2017]


Raising awareness about child marriage in Bangladesh

Every year, 15 million girls around the world are forced to marry before their 18th birthday. Each of these girls has a story to tell.
[Bangladesh, January 2017]


Nigeria - Speaking Out Against Child Marriage

In Africa, 2 in 5 girls get married before the age of 18, and Nigeria has more child brides than any other country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
[Nigeria, December 2016]

 
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]


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]

 
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]


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.
[UK, January 2016]


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]


Canada awards Bangladesh 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, December 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]


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]


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]