Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 200 non profit organizations dedicated to ending child marriage.
It is estimated that each year 10 million girls around the world are married before they turn 18. This means that every day over 25,000 girls are forced into marriages. In the developing world, 1 in 3 girls is married before she turns 18. Some girls are engaged to be married at 5 years old and married when they are 8 years old.
Girls are not physically or emotionally ready to become wives or mothers. Child brides have higher chances of experiencing domestic violence. When girls marry young they are often forced to drop out of school. Child brides are denied the basic human right to decide when and whom they marry.
We must stand up for the rights of women around the world and end child marriage.
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