We can't end AIDS if we don't tackle gender inequality

Photo: Felix Clay

In the time it has taken to read this article 41 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 authors

Linda-Gail Bekker

Linda-Gail Bekker is president of the International AIDS Society.

Mabel van Oranje

Mabel van Oranje is chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.