The Nepal Girl Summit must lead to real change, says Human Rights Watch

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In the time it has taken to read this article 23 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

Heather Barr

Heather Barr is a senior researcher on women’s rights in Asia in the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. She was previously the Human Rights Watch Afghanistan researcher. She spent six years in Afghanistan, managing human rights and justice programs for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Development Program before joining Human Rights Watch."