Youth in Benin stand up to child marriage on Day of the African Child 2017

Photo: UNICEF Benin

In the time it has taken to read this article 41 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

Alexandra Newlands

Girls Not Brides

Alexandra Newlands is Africa Engagement Officer at Girls Not Brides. Alexandra supports the implementation of Girls Not Brides’ strategic priorities in Africa and analyses policy and programmatic developments related to child marriage on the continent. She is based in London, UK.