Child brides is the latest issue that is on a lot of people’s minds today. From a woman’s perspective it is also extremely heartbreaking. To know that girls between the ages of 8-14 are being married out of their will, being deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety and missing out on their childhood is distressing!
So here is a few scary facts and figures about child marriages and what the UN is aiming to do:
- Every year 15 million girls are married as children == 28 girls every minute
- One in nine girls are forced to marry before the age of 15
- If we do not put an end to child marriage or even reduce the rate, an additional 1.2 billion girls will be married by 2050!
- We all know education is a vital factor to ending extreme poverty. More girls being married off at a young age, means that they are not completing their education, therefore lacking vital skills to help themselves or their family
- 700 million women alive today were married as children
- Girls aged 15 – 19 are 2 to 6 times more likely to contract HIV than boys of the same age in sub-Saharan Africa–ICRW
- The largest number of child brides is in South Asia, where 46% are married before the age of 18
- As young girls have very little experience about the “outer world”, when they are married to a 27 year old man, the man usually takes control and the girl follows unwillingly. This usually leads to violence and abuse and hence girls are left with a traumatising childhood
- Child Marriage will directly affect the achievement of Goal 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10. That’s 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals!! If we don’t take action on this, then we’re losing sight of the ‘sustainable world’ vision.
- UNICEF and the U.N. Population Fund have launched a program aiming to put an end to child marriages around the world by 2030 (finally some good news!)
If you’d like to know more about how you can help, and what are the solutions to put an end to this, please look at the links below!
Keep Smiling 🙂