Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18.
That is 28 girls every minute.
1 Every 2 seconds.
and religions. Where does it happen?
Ending Child Marriage matters because…
We need to act now!
Globally, the rates of child marriage are slowly declining but progress isn't happening fast enough.
More than 700 million women, and over 150 million men, already suffer the consequences of child marriage.
If there is no reduction in child marriage, the global number of child brides will reach 1.2 billion girls by 2050, with devastating consequences for girls, their families and their countries.
What used to be a taboo issue is now on the global, regional and national agenda.
Target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims to end child marriage by 2030.
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.