Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. That is 28 girls every minute. 1 girl every 2 seconds.
National laws still protect this abusive practice in Cameroon, where more than 1 out of 3 girls are married before they turn 18.
Last year, the government took a big step forward by criminalizing child marriage under its Penal Code, with a fine of up to $1,700 and at least 2 years imprisonment. Yet, the 1951 Ordinance of Cameroon’s Civil Status Registration still legalizes marriage for girls as young as 15.
Clear and consistent laws must be implemented to protect all girls from the harmful effects of child marriage.
Tell Cameroon to level the law by outlawing child marriage and closing all legal loopholes.