Early Marriage and Poverty Exploring links for policy and programme development


Early marriage before the age of 18 years is a violation of a number of international human rights conventions. However, for many young girls in developing countries marriage is perceived as a means of securing their future and protecting them. Girls are forced into marriage by their families while they are still children in the hope that marriage will benefit them both financially and socially. On the contrary, early marriages violate the rights of children with often more negative consequences for girls. This compromises their overall development, leaving them socially isolated with little education, skills and opportunities for employment and self-realization. These conditions ultimately make married girls vulnerable to poverty.


Naana Otoo-Oyortey and Sonita Pobi, Forum on Marriage and the Rights of Women and Girls



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