International Journal of Children’s Rights 19 (2011) 339–355 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/157181811X584514 brill.nl/chil T HE I NTERNATIONAL J OURNAL OF C HILDREN ’ S R IGHTS Early Marriage: A Violation of Girls’ Fundamental Human Rights in Africa Rita Mutyaba * Legal Intern, Chambers, International Criminal Court, Th e Hague, Th e Netherlands Rita.Mutyaba@icc-cpi.int ; email@example.com Abstract Although African countries have ratiﬁ ed international human rights treaties that recognize girls’ fundamental human rights to life, education, non-discrimination, freedom from degrading, inhu- mane and cruel treatment, and protection from harmful cultural practices, girls’ human rights continue to be violated because of the prevalent practice of early marriages in most African coun- tries. Whereas early marriages aﬀ ect both girls and boys, girls are disproportionally aﬀ ected by this practice which is rooted in culture and religion. Girls who get married before they are 18 years old are not physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for their roles as mothers and wives. African countries have an important role to play in ending early marriages to stop the human rights viola- tions that girls experience when they get married before they are 18 years. Keywords early marriage; girls’ rights;
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: GIRLS' RIGHTS; HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS; AFRICA; CHILD MARRIAGES; EARLY MARRIAGE
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