Layla's story was shared by our member International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
Layla was married at the age of 14 to alleviate her family's financial woes, and was repeatedly beaten and raped by her husband's brother during her marriage. This film follows her journey, from Tunisia to Syria, as she sought to escape child marriage, was forced into sex work and managed to rebuild her life with the help of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and its local partners.
In the time it has taken to read this article 5 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