Delighted to be with school friends in Juba Photo credit [UNICEF/Campeanu]
By Peter Lokale
JUBA, 22 February 2017 [Gurtong] –Save the Children’s Country Director Mr. Peter Walsh who delivered his speech at the opening ceremony of the workshop to develop a national roadmap on ending child marriage in the country as requested by the government, told the audience that his was pleased to announce that its management will continue to support the initiative.
He said that last year they launched the national campaign entitled 'Girls are Children which is part of our wider global campaign Every Last Child'.
"We campaign to end child marriage, ensure fair financing for children and to ensure violence against girls is no longer tolerated."
"Today is a great opportunity for the government, civil society, the private sector and the international community to unite in purpose and protect South Sudanese girls," Mr. Walsh expressed.
He argued that the need to end child marriage cannot be overemphasized.
The Director said that according to the new analysis, globally one girl under 15 is married every seven seconds; this reveals the scale of the threat posed by child marriage to education, health and children’s safety.
He further noted that child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children.
Calling for political will, the leader said that the children of South Sudan have spoken openly of the need to end child marriage and to give them the opportunity to continue with their education and considering that their mandate as the Save the Children is to be the voice of children.