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Ethiopia’s National Action Plan for Gender Equality 2006-2010 acknowledges the problems caused by child marriage and its link to school dropout rates.It proposes sensitising communities to the dangers of marrying young.In 2002 Ethiopia ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, including Article 21 regarding the prohibition of child marriage.In 2004 Ethiopia signed, but has not yet ratified, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, including Article 6 which sets the minimum age for marriage as 18.The lowest median ages of marriage are in Afar and Amhara.A 2017 World Bank study shows that ending child marriage in Ethiopia could generate USD1581.4 million in earnings and productivity.The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association educates community leaders, law enforcement agencies and judicial bodies on Ethiopia’s revised Family Law, and provides legal aid and shelter to girls who escape child marriage.

A National Harmful Traditional Practices Platform was established to institutionalise and measure progress towards eliminating child marriage by 2025.40% of girls in Ethiopia are married before the age of 18 and 14% are married before their 15th birthday.According to UNICEF, Ethiopia has the 15th highest prevalence rate of child marriage in the world and the fifth highest absolute number of child brides – 2,104,000.At the Girl Summit in July 2014, the government signed a charter committing to end child marriage by 2020.The National Alliance to End Child Marriage in Ethiopia by 2025 was spearheaded by the Ministry of Children, Women and Youth Affairs to identify the drivers of child marriage across Ethiopia and to locate examples of best practice.

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