UNFPA Ethiopia

Stop Early Marriage Campaign

Date: 07/05/2009

Early Marriage is one of the prevalent forms of harmful traditional practices in Ethiopia with negative consequences on women’s and girl’s reproductive health, including maternal deaths, fistula, HIV/AIDS and other negative psycho-social problems. The median age of marriage in Ethiopia is 16.1 years but in regions such as Amhara, it is as low as 15.2 (EDHS 2005). Research has established that rural-urban migration and susceptibility to poverty, physical and sexual abuse are direct consequences of early marriage. UNFPA, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Population Council conceived a few months ago a national campaign on “Stop Early Marriage.” The "Stop Early Marriage" Campaign included a number of activities implemented in the course of 2008.