Ending child marriage helps break cycle of violence and discrimination

In the time it has taken to read this article 39 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

Kavinya Makau

Equality Now

Equality Now is an international human rights organisation, which aims to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. Since 2004, it has hosted the Secretariat of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), an initiative of 43 organisations working across 23 African countries, to get governments on the continent to ratify, domesticate and fully implement the African Union’s Women’s Rights Protocol.