Burkina Faso: Govt report shows 24 percent of underage girls married in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Around 23.5 percent of the female population aged between 15 and 19 years in Burkina Faso are either married or live in common-law relationship, according to a report released Wednesday by the country's Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity.

The report said the early marriage prevalence rate was 30.9 percent of the female population in rural areas compared to 9.5 percent in urban areas. Comparatively, in sub-Saharan Africa the average prevalence rate of this phenomenon is 39 percent.

Meanwhile, the ministry said it has started developing the fourth national action plan against female genital mutilation (FGM) for the 2016-2020 period as well as a national strategy to end the practice of child marriage in the country.

According to the 2010 survey, 76 percent of women in the age of between 15 and 49 years in Burkina Faso had undergone FGM while 13.3 percent of girls under age 15 had been subjected to the practice.

Worldwide about 14 million teenage girls are married every year and 41 countries have a prevalence rate of child marriage reaching 30 percent and above, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN estimates 140 million women worldwide currently live with the consequences of genital mutilation.

In Africa, WHO estimates that 92 million women and girls have undergone sexual mutilation sometimes at the age of 10.

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08 july 2015 18:00:26

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