Child Marriages on the Decline

UNITED NATIONS- Unicef has estimated that 25 million child marriages have been prevented in the past decade.

1 in 5 girls are now married before the age of 18, an improvement from 1 in 4 ten years ago.

Countries in South Asia have seen the biggest decreases in child marriages, Unicef said.

The decrease in child marriages has seen India girls achieve better in education, as awareness against child marriages has also assisted in the drops.

Unicef did say the problem is now most severe in Africa, but in Ethiopia has cut child marriage by a third.

Anju Malhotra is Unicef’s principal gender adviser, said because the given impact of child marriage had on a girl’s child’s life, “any reduction is welcome news – but we’ve got a long way to go”.

She added, “When a girl is forced to marry as a child she faces immediate and lifelong consequences,”

“Her odds of finishing school decrease while her odds of being abused by her husband and suffering complications during pregnancy increase. There are also huge societal consequences, and higher risk of intergenerational cycles of poverty.”

The Unicef report continued to say that the burden in child marriages is now felt in Sub- Saharan Africa compared to the low numbers it had a decade ago.

World leaders have made a pledge to end child marriage by 2030 under the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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