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National Strategic Plan to End Child Marriage in Nigeria 2016 – 2021

This document is the premium edition National Strategic Plan to End Child Marriage in Nigeria 2016 – 2021. Child Marriage, defined as a formal or an informal union before the age of full maturity, usually 18, is a multi-faceted sociocultural and endemic harmful practice which adversely impacts the personal development and future opportunities of the Nigerian children. The document which contains the conceptual frameworks used in understanding the drivers of child marriage, situational analysis, and key identified strategies to address the gender inequality, social and economic, and health drivers of child marriage in Nigeria and includes a monitoring framework has as key objectives:

1. To Integrate and strengthen all sectoral mechanisms to end child marriage in Nigeria; 

ii. To build nationwide capacity for research and knowledge sharing on child marriage to improve programming 

iii. To promote relevant policies, legislation and programs that protect children from child marriage; 

iv. To change negative socioeconomic and cultural norms that promote child marriage in the society; 

v. To increase children’s access to quality all round education and promote the retention of the girl child in school in order to reduce their vulnerability to child marriage; and 

vi. To establish and strengthen coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation structures for the implementation of the strategy.