Preventing Child Marriage: Protecting Girls’ Health


  
Abstract

  Significant numbers of girls in the developing world are married before they reach adulthood. Early marriage can prevent them from accessing health services or attaining educational, economic, or social opportunities. Historically, early marriages have been used to secure critical social, economic, and political alliances for families or clans. Today, poverty, malnutrition, poor educational and economic options, concern regarding violence and safeguarding virginity, as well as traditions and cultural norms, are all cited as contextual factors surrounding child marriage (Extract).

Source
www.usaid.org
Author

USAID

Country

GLOBAL

Year Of Publication

2009