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Breaking the Cycle: Addressing Child Marriage in Sudan

Child marriage is a pervasive issue in Sudan, affecting countless young girls in the country. Despite legal restrictions, the practice continues to persist due to a variety of cultural, social, and economic factors.

In Sudan, it is not uncommon for girls as young as 10 years old to be married off to much older men. This not only robs these young girls of their childhood but also exposes them to a range of health risks. Child brides are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and childbirth, as their bodies may not be fully developed to handle such events.

Furthermore, child marriage often leads to the discontinuation of education for these girls. Many are forced to drop out of school in order to take on the responsibilities of a wife and mother. This perpetuates a cycle of poverty and illiteracy, as these girls are unable to achieve their full potential and contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Efforts have been made to combat child marriage in Sudan, with the government enacting laws to raise the legal age of marriage to 18. However, enforcement of these laws is lax, and many communities still adhere to traditional practices that support child marriage.

Education and awareness are key in addressing this issue. By empowering young girls with knowledge and skills, they are better equipped to advocate for their rights and resist pressure to enter into early marriages. Additionally, engaging with local leaders, religious scholars, and community members is crucial in shifting societal norms and attitudes towards child marriage.

It is imperative that we continue to work towards ending child marriage in Sudan and around the world. Every girl deserves the right to a childhood, an education, and the opportunity to thrive. Together, we can create a future where child marriage is no longer a reality for young girls.

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Nada Alahdal
A human rights activist to advocate for the issue of child marriage, and head of the

Nada Foundation

for the Protection of Girls

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