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COVID-19 and Child Marriage in West and Central Africa

COVID-19 AND CHILD MARRIAGE IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

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COVID-19 and Child Marriage in West and Central Africa: Joint Policy Brief

The COVID-19 pandemic may cause 13 million additional child marriages by 2030, and West and Central Africa will be severely affected unless multi-sectoral, comprehensive efforts to end child marriage are accelerated in the region. 

This joint brief from Girls Not Brides and Plan International outlines the impacts of the pandemic on child marriage. It provides recommendations and an urgent call for action for governments, regional bodies and humanitarian actors to ensure that girls and young women's rights are upheld during and after the COVID-19 crisis response.