High stakes for young lives: Examining strategies to stop child marriage

Photo: Graham Crouch

In the time it has taken to read this article 52 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

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lynn ElHarake

Lynn ElHarake is Research Associate, Women and Foreign Policy, at the Council on Foreign Relations.