Married Too Soon
"Child. To marry" – now a famous photo in Yemen as early marriage receives more attention
Over 64 million women now aged 20–24 years were married before the age of 18.
Child marriage is a violation of a girl's rights, and has a devastating impact. Marriage puts an end to a girl's childhood, her education, her freedom and often her contact with friends and family.
She becomes very vulnerable to abuse and neglect from her husband and his family as hers becomes a life of domestic drudgery. Girls in some cultures are forced to marry much older men or men with other wives. They may soon become pregnant – facing a much greater risk of death and damage in childbirth.
In some countries girls are married as children: in parts of Africa and Asia over a quarter of girls are married before the age of 15.
In Africa, 42% of women are married before the age of 18
Over a third of all girls are married before the age of 15
In Southern Asia, 48% (nearly 10 million) young women are married before the age of 18