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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.

All comments opinions and discussions are welcome.

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  1. I don’t think it is right that female children are getting married off at a young age. It’s wrong that their rights are striped from them, including the rights to education and health. Women did not fight for the vote back in the day, for this kind of injustice to happen. Women should have the right to freely live their lives the way they want, and no young girl should have to go through or experience what is being discussed in this blog. Being forced into marriage before the age of 18 is completely wrong, they are just children themselves, and should be living life as a child should. I hope that something gets put in place in the future, so that this stops, and females are free to live their lives the way they wish.

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  2. I think as girls growing up in a comfortable free environment such as the UK we either are sheltered from or turn a blind eye to the horror of this practise, we see it as a different culture and it’s not commonly mentioned in the media. It’s so important that we bring this issue to the attention of the general public so we can put a stop to it and support any girl that has had to go through this ordeal. As free women we should be working to make sure all have the same opportunities and life chances as us. Thanks for making sure that this issue gets some attention so that some change can be made.

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  3. The most difficult thing about this problem seems to be trying to change an engrained cultural norm. Even when people are clearly suffering from it there is little movement towards stopping it from families or from the authorities. I believe the best approach is one of education and awareness of how the problem can negatively impact on someone’s life. There is not a measure that can correct thos problem overnight, so education and patience must be the way forward.

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