[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

terça-feira, 30 de maio de 2017

Change of mentalities needed to end child marriage


Campaigners say education is key to challenging the concept that a family's standing is tied to their daughter's virginity.
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Family honour, more than money, fuels child marriage in West Africa, says a report by the Thompson Reuters foundation.

Pregnant and abandoned by the father of her unborn child despite his promises of marriage, 16-year-old Coumba did not think her plight could get any worse – until she told her family.

“My mother said she regretted that I was ever born,” the teenager told the Foundation in an empty classroom of a secondary school in the Senegalese city of Thies.

“The whole family reacted so badly, and mistreated me during my pregnancy,” she added, her voice faltering and eyes welling up as she recalled the “humiliation I brought upon my parents”.

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