These governorates are characterized by a number of cultural misconceptions that encouraged having many children.
Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity has launched campaign to eliminate child marriage within the framework of the “awareness program” for community development, which roams the governorates under the slogan “With awareness, Egypt changes for the better.”
Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood announced, Thursday that they managed to prevent the marriage of 27 female child in several governorates during Eid al Fitr holyday.
The draft law, passed by the Cabinet earlier today, stipulates that any marriage contract for those who are under 18 years should not be certified by the marriage officer.
A draft law on combating child marriage and considering it a form of human trafficking was submitted to the House of Representatives by parliamentarian Amira al-Adly on Thursday.
Hassan pointed out that the most populated governorates out of the 27 are Cairo, Giza, Sharqia, Daqahlia, and Beheira.
Secretary General of Egypt’s National Council For Childhood and Motherhood Sahar Al-Sunbati said that the Council received up to 8,000 reports during the past six months, 30 per cent of it were of child exploitation.
Cairo released on Thursday a regional call for action to eliminate child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation practice in Africa.
Special rapporteur on child marriage at African Union Commission praised Egypt's efforts to combat child marriage in Egypt and achieving tangible results.
The percentage of girls between 15 and 19 getting married has decreased by 6 percent over the past two years.
Draft law that includes amendments to the child law article 12 which parents could be deprived from the authority of guardianship over the girl or her property.
The first draft bill to criminalize child marriage is to be discussed in Parliament's Constitutional and Legislation Affairs Committee in the upcoming days.
Despite increasing the legal age of marriage to 18 years old for both genders, Egypt still has a high number of child marriages.
Actress Yousra, along with female parliamentarians, participated in a seminar held by the AWO on “Mechanisms to combat violence against women.”
According to UNICEF, every year millions of girls marry before turning 18 with the highest percentage of married adolescents in the west and central Africa.