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Aisha Buhari Says Education Will End Early Marriage

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Aisha Buhari Says Education Will End Early Marriage

Wife of the President of Nigeria, has said that education is a solution to the problem of early marriages in Africa. 

This made this declaration on Wednesday 7th November while receiving female delegates of the Africa Parliamentary Union, at the State House in Abuja.

The first lady represented by wife of the Vice President, , highlighted that girls need to mature into adulthood before making decisions pertaining to marriage.

She also mentioned some disadvantages surrounding early marriages, including diseases and trauma affecting girls who marry prior to adulthood.

Aisha Buhari Says Education Will End Early Marriage

Mrs. Buhari said girls need a healthy and safe transition to adulthood as well as a certain level of maturity and understanding in order to make an informed decision on the choice of a life partner.

She called on the parliamentarians to use their position to articulate measures that will address the issue within cultural sensitivities of our different communities. She also urged them to consider what form of support and empowerment could be given to girls that are already in these marriages.

Speaking earlier, head of the delegation and Senate President of , said women face numerous challenges like lack of political representation, violence, intimidation, early child marriages, and lack of equal opportunities in critical areas. It is therefore

The delegates are in Abuja for the 41st Conference and

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“Through my Future Assured Programme, I have witnessed firsthand what interrupted childhood could do to the self-esteem of young girls, in some instances, thwarting promising careers.”

She spoke of other challenges of marital relationships like complications of childbirth such as VVF, interruption of academic pursuit and curtailment of economic opportunities.

She called on the parliamentarians to use their position to articulate measures that will address the issue within cultural sensitivities of our different communities.

She also urged them to consider what form of support and empowerment could be given to girls that are already in these marriages.

“Their dreams do not have to end because of the circumstances they have found themselves in.” she said.

Head of the delegation and Senate President of Zimbabwe, Hon. Mabel Chinomona also said women face numerous challenges like lack of political representation, violence, intimidation, early child marriages, and lack of equal opportunities in critical areas, including that it is important that women meet and share experiences.

“Against this background, women parliamentarians must unite and support each other in coming up with strategies and policies that address challenges faced by women together in order to make a difference as we drive for equal opportunities for all.” She said.

“For us parliamentarians, we have critical role to play as we legislate and provide oversight on government activities, in doing so, we appreciate support from our mothers the first ladies for their activities that seek to empower women,” she said.

Those that attended the event include Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, APC Woman Leader, Mrs. Salamatu Bewa, and Chairman NACA, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

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