A mother too soon: Isabel, East Timor

Photo: Plan International

In the time it has taken to read this article 18 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

About the author

Brendan Rigby

Plan International

Find out more about Plan Asia's work on child marriage.