Overcoming adversity: an Ethiopian child bride’s struggle for education

Photo: Ashenafi Tibebe / The Elders

In the time it has taken to read this article 48 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

Alemtsahye Gebrekidan

Alemtsahye Gebrekidan is the founder of Former Child Wives Foundation, the Campaign Against Child Marriage in Ethiopia, a member of Girls Not Brides.