Webinar: Ending Child Marriage and Stopping the Spread of HIV in Africa

Research by the African Union Commission and RIATT-ESA examines some of the existing literature to highlight what is known about the links between child marriage and HIV, and spotlights opportunities for further action.

This webinar explores the findings of the research and examines the implications for programmes and advocacy.  

  • Moderator by Ms Nyaradzayi, Gumbonzvanda - CEO, Rozaria Memorial Trust and AU Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriage.
  • Presenter: Dr.Kwalombota M.Kwalombota- Researcher
  • Presenter: Ruth Koshal- The Senior Africa Engagement Officer at Girls Not Brides the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, she was the Director of Social Enterprise at Africa Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Kenya.  Ruth previously worked with Save the Children International as a Senior Manager and World Vision International as a Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor. 
  • Presenter: Ramatou Tore- Merlo- The Regional Senior Child Protection Specialist for UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office located in Dakar. In her capacity she oversees and provides strategic direction and guidance on UNICEF programmes addressing Child Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, Violence against Children and Child Protection Systems Strengtheningin 24 countries across West and Central Africa. Prior to this position, she was the UNICEF Chief of the Child Protection programme in Rwanda from 2012 to 2016. Ramatou Toure also served as a Child Protection Specialist in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi from 2008 to 2011. From 2006 to 2008 she worked in the Global Emergency Office at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, USA, as a Policy and Advocacy Officer in charge of children affected by armed conflict. Before joining UNICEF, she worked with government institutions and non-governmental organizations across Europe and Africa.

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Webinar hosted by RIATT-ESA and The African Union

Consultancy opportunity

Download -Rise Project Overview

Retrak, along with Family for Every Child and the International Centre at University of Bedfordshire, is implementing the RISE project, to promote and facilitate learning on Recovery and Reintegration from Child Sexual Exploitation.

They are currently recruiting two project coordinators, one to based here in sub-Saharan Africa. Please do circulate this information widely to colleagues in this region who might be suitable and interested in this post.

Full details of the post and how to apply can be accessed via our partner’s website at Family for Every Child at this link:

The deadline for applications for both posts is 28th June. 

The project will focus on three regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and South & Central Asia. It has three specific objectives:

1. To establish and manage a locally accessible global network, utilising global and regional online learning hubs, to support learning on Recovery and Reintegration (R&R) for children affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE).
2. To develop and implement 3 learning projects that capture local learning in order to positively influence policy and practice on R&R for children affected by CSE.
3. To improve, regionally and globally, policy and practice on R&R for children affected by CSE, by collecting and disseminating the learning from this project.

More details are in the job descriptions, which can be downloaded with the application form via the link above, and in the project summary, attached.

Or you can contact 

Joanna Wakia -Monitoring and Research Advisor

t:              +254 724 698 537

p:             PO Box 25740, Nairobi 00603, Kenya