Join us in ending child marriage

Publication Date: September 2017
Author: UNFPA and UNICEF

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Today, one in four young women will be married in childhood. Child marriage is a human rights violation on a vast scale and a major obstacle to sustainable development. Girls are disproportionately affected; levels of child marriage among boys are about one fifth of the levels among girls. Around 750 million girls and women alive today were married in childhood, and unless progress is accelerated, that number will remain at least as high through 2030.

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