My dream is for every Yemeni girl to live a safe life, Deputy Minister tells UK parliamentarians

Photo: White Ribbon Alliance

In the time it has taken to read this article 36 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

Jamela Saleh Al-Raiby

Jamela Saleh Al-Raiby, is a well-known pediatrician and the Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population in Yemen. Dr Al-Raiby is an outspoken advocate for legal issues that focus on child marriage and submitted testimony to the UK parliamentary hearings on child marriage. Jamela Saleh Al-Raiby is a member of the Global White Ribbon Alliance Board of Directors. White Ribbon Alliance is a member of Girls Not BridesClick here to find out more about WRA’s work in Yemen.