Egypt: New child marriage laws are a step backwards, says Plan International

In the time it has taken to read this article 28 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

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Plan International

Founded over 70 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 (including 12 in West Africa), Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. The organisation works with more than 58,000 communities, covering a population of 56 million children Because I am a Girl is Plan’s campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty.