Child marriage—marriage before the age of 18, including informal unions—is an injustice and a violation of children’s rights. Yet, despite being illegal in many countries, it remains widespread across the world. And it’s getting worse.
More than 100 million girls were expected to become child brides in the next decade.
Now, according to UNICEF, up to 10 million more girls will be at risk as a direct result of the pandemic.
That’s equivalent to every child at school in the UK.
Girls under 18 who marry are more likely to leave school, experience domestic violence, and die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
The situation facing millions of girls is desperate, but not definite.
As a ministry, we believe child marriage is an injustice and should be stopped. Here are the following ways we’re working to stop the weddings;
We would greatly appreciate your prayers.
If you’d like to learn more about this issue facing girls and find out how you can get involved, please visit our #StopTheWeddings campaign page.
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