The summer of the summit: Now what for child, early and forced marriage?

Photo: International Women's Health Coalition

In the time it has taken to read this article 69 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 authors

Lena Minchew

International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)

Lyric Thompson

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Erin Kennedy

CARE USA

Lena Minchew (IWHC), Lyric Thompson (ICRW), and Erin Kennedy (CARE USA) are co-chairs of Girls Not Brides USA, the US partnership to end child marriage.