The first African Union campaign to end child marriage was launched on Thursday last week (May 29) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said that "child marriage compromises the development of girls and is an infringement of their rights." He went on to say that it was incumbent to work in unison to end the harmful practice of child marriage if women are to play a meaningful role in the continent's development.
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