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Ending child marriage in Ethiopia by 2025

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Early marriage is a prohibited practice in Ethiopia with punishment including imprisonment for parents and those taking part in weddings.
Early marriage is a prohibited practice in Ethiopia with punishment including imprisonment for parents and those taking part in weddings. Getty Images/Corbis/Eric Lafforgue
By: Vincent Dublange

In Ethiopia, the practice of child marriage is less common today than in previous generations. But it remains a challenge for Africa's second most populous country.Ethiopia is still home to 15 million child brides. 40% of young women are married or in union before their 18th birthday. Last august, Ethiopia set itself an ambitious target: the ending of child marriage by 2025.In the Amhara region, in the north-western part of the country, the federal government has selected several districts. In partnership with UNICEF, local authorities are raising awareness among the communities.Vincent Dublange has this report.

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