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What is the impact of child marriage?

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18.

That is 23 girls every minute – married off too soon, their personal development and wellbeing put at risk. Child marriage is a human rights violation that we must end to achieve a better future for all.

Child brides face huge challenges because they are married as children.

Isolated and with limited freedom, married girls often feel disempowered. They are deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety.

Child brides are neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers. They face more risks of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, contracting HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence. With little access to education and economic opportunities, they and their families are more likely to live in poverty.

Communities and nations feel the impact of child marriage.

Systems that undervalue the contribution and participation of girls and women limit their own possibilities for growth, stability and transformation.