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About 20,000 girls are forced to marry ever day

According to a Save The Children report, 100 million minors are vulnerable in countries where child marriage is legal.

SOURCES Save the Children AUTHOR Evangelical Focus 12 OCTOBER 2017 10:00 h GMT+1
Former child bride Halima, 17 (name changed) had to leave her abusive husband. / Colin Crowley/Save the Children

About 7.5 million girls are married every year below the minimum age permitted by national law.



In other words, more than 20,000 girls are forced to marry every day.



Futhermore, close to 100 million girls are not protected against child marriage under the laws of their countries.



More than two thirds of all child marriages are still taking place below the minimum age permitted by national law.



West and Central Africa is home to many of the countries with the highest rates of child marriage globally. 



The new research conducted by NGO Save The Children and the World Bank has been issued on the International Day of the Girl.





Save The Children CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt said: “Laws banning the practice are an important first step. But millions of vulnerable girls will continue to be at risk unless child marriage is tackled head on”.



“We need to change attitudes in communities so that we can end this harmful practice once and for all”, she added.


 

 


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