In a shocking evidence, 40% of girls in Ethiopia are married off before completing 18 years of age and 14% marry before turning 15.
The reasons are attributed to gender inequality in the Ethiopian society, where men are considered superior to women. Lower median age of marriage is also driven by displacement. The city of Somalia and Sudan houses the highest number of refugees. Study shows that Somalian refugees marry at a young age for better prospects of social security. Social stigma also compels the act of child marriage in Ethiopian cities, where women are mostly considered secondary and deplorable. Moreover, marriage is bound to enhance the prestigious status of an Ethiopian woman in the society.
Ethiopia has committed to eliminate child and forced marriage by 2030. The country also partners with UNICEF-UNFA Global Programme, which aims to accelerate the action of End Child Marriage.