No more “calls for action” on sexual violence in conflict – we just need action!

Sexual violence in conflict is used by perpetrators as a weapon of war, and 97% of cases target girls and women. In such contexts, families may see child marriage as a way to protect their daughters - read on for more thoughts on these linked issues.

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In the time it has taken to read this article 55 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

About the author

Faith Mwangi-Powell

  • CEO

of Girls Not Brides

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