Camfed, an international non-profit with its headquarters in Cambridge, held a samba busk this morning in Market Square to fight against child marriage. They worked with the Arco Iris Cambridge Community Samba Band to raise funds and awareness for the cause.
The International Day of the Girl was on October the 11th, and since then Camfed has been running a three-month long UK Aid Match appeal. It aims to train women (who have previously been supported in their schooling by Camfed) as 'GirlGuardians' who will mentor young women, and help them remain in education. It focuses on especially poor regions, where "as many as 6 out of 10 girls are married before the age of 18." They see keeping girls in charge of their own futures, rather than letting them enter child marriages, as crucial "in terms of what it can achieve to address child and maternal mortality, raise families out of poverty, accelerate economic development, and help communities deal with climate change." The government will match donations to the appeal. At Cambridge University, students are running their own Camfed fundraiser.
Camfed fights against poverty and inequality by giving young women a chance to take part in educational programmes and helps women tackle gender imbalances through encouraging them to take on leadership roles. Camfed works in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, and since 1993 its programmes "have directly supported 1,876,214 students to attend primary and secondary school."