Despite significant progress, we need to go 20 times faster to end child marriage by 2030, shows new data

This week’s launch of UNICEF data on child marriage demonstrates that progress is possible, with countries from a variety of settings sharing common threads including improvements in economic development, poverty reduction, access to employment – and educational attainment at the secondary level for girls. Each region in the world has a positive example of acceleration that we can learn from.

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In the time it has taken to read this article 114 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

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