Amsterdam, Netherlands – AWEPA welcomes International Youth Day, held on 12 August each year to highlight the issues and struggles facing youth around the world and emphasise the power of young people worldwide.
Through its programmes to end child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), AWEPA is committed to ensuring that young people and children can reach their full potential.
These harmful traditional practices represent significant barriers to health and empowerment, and are often directly linked, with marriage immediately following the cut in some communities.
Child marriage often means the end of a girls’ formal education. When a girl drops out of school she is denied her right to an education and the ability to develop the skills and knowledge needed to live a healthy, fulfilling life and one where she can earn an income and contribute to her family and community.
That’s why AWEPA works to increase capacity among parliamentarians to legislate around the protection of girls from FGM/C and child marriage, as well as establishing links with local communities to help put an end to harmful practices and give young people the best chance.