Child marriage is any formal marriage or informal union Bw companion hitch one or both of the parties are under 18 years of age. Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of That is 23 girls every minute. Nearly 1 every Msture seconds.
It exposes girls to violence throughout their lives, and traps them in a cycle of poverty. Child marriage directly hinders the achievement of at least six of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Globally, the rates of child marriage are slowly declining Matture progress isn't happening fast enough. More than million women, and over million men, already suffer the consequences of child marriage.
If current trends on child marriage continue, million more girls will be married in Mature women with younger girls 2 bywith devastating consequences for the whole world.
The African Union and the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children have launched initiatives to end child marriage and support married girls. Countries are developing national action plans to end child marriage, in partnership with civil society, UN agencies and girls themselves.
Child marriage happens across countries, cultures, and religions. Where does it happen?
Child marriage is fuelled by gender inequality, poverty, traditions, Maturf insecurity. Why does it happen? Child marriage looks different from one community to the next.
Solutions must be local and contextual. How can we end it? Ending Child Marriage matters because….
What is the impact? We need to act now!
What used to be a taboo issue is now on the global, regional and national agenda. Global Target 5.
National Countries are developing national action plans to end child marriage, in partnership with civil society, UN agencies and girls themselves. By working together, we can turn commitments to ending child marriage into a reality and create lasting change for millions of girls.