16 Days of Action: Child Marriage (Day 11/16)

“Child marriage” is a global problem, affecting 15 million girls each year.

Over the next ten years, more than 41,000 girls will be married off every day before age 18 if current trends continue. It legitimizes abuse, violates girls’ human rights and denies them their autonomy — all under the guise of culture, tradition, and religion.

In Kenya, one in eight females age 15–19 is either married, separated, divorced or widowed, compared with less than one percent of males in the same age group.

WM Global’s strategic partner, Equality Now, has been working to create a safer, healthier world for girls by calling on governments to enact and uphold laws that prevent “child marriage” and to address the gender inequalities that drive it.

Visit their website to learn more about the ongoing work Equality Now is doing to end harmful practices such as Child Marriages and Female Genital Mutilation.

Today is the eleventh day of 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women. For the remaining 4 days, Women’s March Global will have posts dedicated to the various forms of violence face by women all over the world and raise awareness to #EndViolenceAgainstWomen.

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Tenzin Kyisarh is the Communications Manager for Women’s March Global.