Fear of female sexuality: addressing an unspoken driver of early and child marriage

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In the time it has taken to read this article 53 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

Jacqueline Hart

Jacqueline Hart is the Vice President for Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation at AJWS. Drawing on years of experience in national and international program and policy development and implementation, Jacqueline is responsible for leading AJWS’s efforts to measure its impact on realizing human rights and ending poverty in the developing world. Find out more about AJWS's work on child marriage here.