Ending Child Marriage and Rewriting the Future of Adolescent Girls

Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Mozambique

Publication Date: May 2018
Author: UNFPA

Download

Child marriage, defined as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18, is a global issue impacting the lives of millions of girls each year and hindering progress towards development the world over. Globally, more than 700 million girls and women alive today were married as children. More than one in three of these (about 250 million) entered into union before age 15. This report to the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation covers the period of 2015 to 2017.

Related content

News
Not long ago, the sight of a 10-year-old bride was a common occurrence in Ethiopia’s Kolla Tembein District, said Daniel Hagos, the district’s chief administrator. But the community’s women and girls are mobilizing to change things – and they are seeing enormous success.

Pages