How birth certificates help tackle child marriage

In the time it has taken to read this article 64 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

Jessica Lomelin

Plan Asia

Jessica Lomelin is Regional Online Communications Specialist at Plan Asia. Founded 77 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Count Every Child is Plan’s global programme and advocacy work to support the implementation of well-functioning, efficient and rights-based civil registration and vital statistics systems to ensure that all key life events -- from birth to marriage to death -- are registered so that every child can access his or her right to a name and nationality. Because I am a Girl is Plan's campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls' rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. Since 2007 Plan has been producing a global report on the State of World’s Girls with a different theme each year."