Ethiopian brides dating usan free webcam chat
However, the Minister of Justice may grant dispensation for individuals to marry at 16 years upon application by themselves or their parents/guardians.
Girls often also marry before 18 years in religious and customary marriages.
The first ever Ethiopian Girl Summit took place in Addis Ababa in June 2015.
A 2017 World Bank study shows that ending child marriage in Ethiopia could generate USD1581.4 million in earnings and productivity.
Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that girls are somehow inferior to boys.
In Ethiopia, child marriage is also driven by: Ethiopia has committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by 2030 in line with target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
During its Voluntary National Review at the 2017 High Level Political Forum, the government highlighted that its Women and Policy strategies address the elimination of child marriage.
Ethiopia co-sponsored the 2017 Human Rights Council resolution recognising the need to address child, early and forced marriage in humanitarian contexts, and the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution to end child, early and forced marriage, recognising that it is a violation of human rights.
40% of girls in Ethiopia are married before the age of 18 and 14% are married before their 15th birthday.