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Child Marriage: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Although childhood and adolescence are concepts that are understood and experienced in various ways across different cultures and regions, there is an emerging international consensus that marriage before age 18 is child marriage. Age 18 is commonly viewed as the outer boundary of childhood in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), article 1, 1989. Other international conventions,…

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Chong, Erica, “Child Marriage: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0162f>
First published online: 2009

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