Forced Marriage and Girls’ Education?


Mariama aged 13 years

One of the key goals of Computers 4 Africa is to emphasis equality and to empower girls in their quest for learning.  Children in Africa are so keen to learn and both boys and girls hit many obstacles in doing this but girls face an additional challenge.  They are often treated differently to the boys, some are even forced into marriage as children or young adults.  It is important that we break the silence on this issue and encourage education for the girls of Africa.

Sharon Roberts, Head of Marketing, says “Forced marriage should not be a taboo subject and we should do everything we can to eradicate it.  It is vital that we provide schools in Africa with IT equipment, not only so that children can receive a better education but so that girls can be given the training they need to get a job.  Computers 4 Africa is committed to promoting equality and helping the cause through education.”

The Royal Commonwealth Society and global children’s charity Plan UK co-hosted an event in London, on 26th June, discussing the issues of girl’s education and child marriage in the commonwealth.  Key figures are in agreement that this is a worldwide concern and girls should be protected.

Mike Lake, Director of The Royal Commonwealth Society, said of today's event: "It is important that civil society works with governments and other players on this issue and together we can see movement towards ending early forced marriage in the Commonwealth."


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