Malawi sets legal minimum age of marriage at 18

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In the time it has taken to read this article 27 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

Faiza Jama Mohamed

Faiza Jama Mohamed is Equality Now's Nairobi Office Director. Equality Now's Nairobi office is the secretariat for the Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR), a coalition of 44 civil society organisations working across 24 countries. Established in 2004, SOAWR works to ensure that the rights of girls and women as articulated in the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa are prioritised by policy makers on the African continent.