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Science leaders ‘can tackle child marriage’


Rural and urban science outreach programmes show girls alternatives to child marriage, says biostatistician.

Eight of the ten countries in the world with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa. According to the United Nations, 37 per cent of young women in Sub-Saharan Africa are married before they turn 18.

Girls who are married are more likely to drop out of school, while girls with higher levels of education are less likely to be married as a child. This week, biostatistician and maternal health researcher Halima Twabi tells us why she’s working to keep girls studying, and why powering and supporting women’s passion for science, technology, engineering and maths is so important.




Africa Science Focus, with Michael Kaloki.

Learn more about Halima Twabi’s career
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  • Ending Child Marriage Campaign. Copyright: Abel Mphepo/Kalu Institute, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Regions: Africa, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Eswatini, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Europe, United Kingdom
Keywords: Health, Well being, Society, Social Sciences

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