Child Marriage


  Each day, more than 25,000 young girls become child brides, joining almost 60 million girls who have married before their eighteenth birthday. Within the next ten years, over 100 million girls in the developing world are predicted to be married before they reach adulthood. The practice of child marriage is essentially confined to the poorest 20 percent of the world population, most commonly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Young brides are also forced to forego education, employment opportunities, and their general adolescence, ultimately perpetuating gender inequality and the cycle of poverty. Without political attention and global action, this practice will continue to endanger the health and wellbeing of millions of children each year (Extract).


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