Marriage Aid


Support us to stop child marriages

Child marriage – defined as marriage before the age of 18 – applies to both boys and girls, but the practice is far more common among young girls in world’s rural poor communities. Under 18 marriages is a global issue. In both proportions and numbers, most child marriages take place in rural sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In South Asia, nearly half of young women and in sub-Saharan Africa more than one third of young women are married by their 18th birthday. Even no girl should be robbed of her childhood, her education and health by married before 18th birthday. It’s totally violation of the rights of girls.

The 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are: Niger, 75%; Chad and Central African Republic, 68%; Bangladesh, 66%; Guinea, 63%; Mozambique, 56%; Mali, 55%; Burkina Faso and South Sudan, 52%; and Malawi, 50%, India 47%.

The reasons girls rights are violating in world’s rural areas:

  • Effectively ending their education
  • Blocking any opportunity to gain vocational and life skills
  • Exposing them to the risks of too-early pregnancy, child bearing, and motherhood before they are physically and psychologically ready in developing countries.

World health statistics 2013

Did you know?

  • Every day, about 800 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
  • In some countries, less than 10% of women who want to prevent pregnancy have access to any contraceptive methods.
  • 80% of deaths from malaria occur in just 14 countries.

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