Niamey, Niger – On 9 June 2016, AWEPA was invited by Plan Belgium and Plan Niger to participate in an interparliamentary seminar in Niamey, Niger, a country in which the child marriage rate is more than 70%.
Ms. Magda De Meyer, Head of AWEPA’s Belgian Section, presented the Model Law on child marriage adopted by the South African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum on 3 June 2016, as well as the holistic approach taken by the Parliament and Government of Zambia.
Belgian parliamentarians Hon. Nele Lijnen and Hon. Gwenaëlle Grovonius also participated in the seminar alongside their colleagues from Niger. The Belgian delegation was received by the President of the National Assembly of Niger, Hon. Ousseini Tinni, to discuss the follow-up to the workshop. The Network of Women Parliamentarians of Niger was designated as the point of contact for this follow-up.
At the end of the session, the Nigerien parliamentarians adopted a series of recommendations to continue with similar initiatives for interparliamentary exchange, and to strengthen parliamentary capacities on the themes of girl child education and legal age of marriage.