This blog discusses child marriages and child brides, and the effects this has on young children in developing countries. Across the globe, rates of child marriage are highest in South Asia, where nearly half of all girls marry before age 18; about one in six were married or in union before age 15. This is followed by West and Central Africa and Eastern and Southern Africa, where 42 per cent and 37 per cent, respectively, of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married in childhood.
Every year 15 million girls are married as children, denied their rights to health, education and opportunity, and robbed of their childhood. If we do nothing, by 2030 an estimated 15.4 million girls a year will marry as children.
Different post will look at different aspects of this horrible ritual that children are forced to go through with.
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