It’s not every day that a 12-year-old girl stops her own child marriage but in northern Ethiopia, that’s exactly what Yekaba did.
Child marriage denies girls the freedom to make their own decisions, to be in charge of their bodies and in control of their futures, and you’ve been quick to mobilise and stand with us every time we’ve raised our voice to end this harmful practice.
Child marriage cuts across countries, cultures, religions and backgrounds.
In a country with a teenage pregnancy rate of 24 per cent, the Timorese government is currently considering the introduction of an alarming new family planning policy.
At the young age of 13, Sanita stopped her own child marriage. Now 10 years later, she is a champion for girls’ rights and a role model in her community. This is her story.
Plan International is collecting signatures from people around the world who wish to stand in solidarity with courageous young campaigners in Malawi.