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Child Marriage Factsheet

Organizational Authors: 
Equality Now
Year Published: 
2010

Child marriage, defined as marriage before age 18, is a violation of human rights, compromising the development of girls and often resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, with little education and poor vocational training reinforcing the gendered nature of poverty. Most child marriages are also forced marriages, where the consent of the child is not considered before the consummation of the union.  The research here was conducted summer 2010 and is broken down by region.  

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