“A CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE” BY AWARD WINNING ACTIVIST, INI USANGA, BASED IN IRELAND

Dear Family and friends,

720 million girls and women alive today were child brides (The International Center for Research on Women -ICRW). 23 million of these girls and women currently live in Nigeria, which according to UNICEF houses the highest number of child brides in Africa.

Child marriage violates numerous human rights; including consensual sex (which can have severe mental health and emotional consequences for young girls because they are at a formative stage of psychological development), access to reproductive and sexual health care, education, employment, freedom of movement, and the right to consensual marriage.

Child brides are also at high risk of domestic violence and sexual abuse by their husbands because they are often younger than their spouse and too afraid to speak for themselves.

Child marriage threatens the health, development, and well-being of girls because they are still in their formative years where the pelvis and birth canal are not fully developed. They can develop severe complications from pregnancy and where proper health service and medical expertise in obstetric (childbirth) is lacking as it is in most developing countries, many of the children are more likely to die from complications. Even where services are provided, children die due to lack of resources to avail of the services.

Pregnancy for young girls is a cause for developing obstetric fistula (due to their small pelvises) and fistula leaves its victims with health consequences, including bad smell, infection, pain and other urine and faecal complications. Experts say children born to other children below 18years has a 60 percent chance of dying in their first year of life than those born to a woman 19years and above.

Now we know that child marriage puts a girl at risk in every area, If we are able to raise our voices together and cry out; calling Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari to ban child and forced marriage, we could save millions of girls (children) in Nigeria from the claws and torture that comes with child marriage. Together we can help prevent avoidable child deaths from child birth, violence, poverty and infant mortality.

Muhammadu Buhari-President of Nigeria can do it. If child and forced marriage are banned in Nigeria, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari can become the champion of the Nigerian Girl child which the Country is in desperate need of.

So please add your voice to the urgent petition (. Sign and share it. It takes less than a minute. Join the many voices and say NO to CHILD ABUSE in Nigeria. Call on the Nigerian President and Government to put a BAN on child & forced marriage. Your support is crucial. Sign the petition here https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Muhammadu_BuhariPresident_of_Nigeria_Ban_Child_Marriage_in_Nigeria/

With Hope, Faith and Determination,

Ini Usanga

Founder Love and Care for People

 

 

ini

More information:

Child marriages: 39 000 every day http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/child_marriage_20130307/en/

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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