Adolescents: Collaborating for Change

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In the time it has taken to read this article 74 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 2 seconds

About the author

Mercy Okeke

  • Senior Officer for Gender (Africa)

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

Data sources

  • [1] Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal.
  • [2] Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
  • [3] "Opor" Nigerian slang meaning

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