Who Speaks for Me? Ending Child Marriage


In the last decade, 58 million young women in developing countries—one in three—have been married before the age of 18, many against their will and in violation of international laws and conven- tions on women’s rights.2 Even more disturbing, according to new figures, one in nine girls, or 15 million, have been forced into marriage between the ages of 10 and 14.3 With limited education and economic opportunities, child brides are often condemned to a life of poverty, social isolation, and powerlessness, infringing on their human rights, health, and well-being. In developing countries with a rapidly growing youth population, investments in adolescent girls are criti- cal. Ultimately, to meet goals related to poverty, education, gender equality, maternal and child health, and HIV and AIDS, nations and communities must put an end to child marriage.

Population Reference Bureau

Alexandra Hervish and Charlotte Feldman-Jac obs



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