Towards a future without child marriage: Joint statement calling for the Summit of the Future to prioritise action to end child, early and forced marriage and unions

As the Summit of the Future seeks to respond to current and future challenges, its deliberations, diagnosis of the complex issues our world faces and identification of solutions must prioritise the global issue that child marriage represents.

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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 2 seconds

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