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Day Of The Girl 2017 – Say NO to Child Marriage

 

Raise your voice for girls around the world fighting for their rights and freedoms. Say NO to Child Marriage

Marriage should be a time for celebration and joy – unless you are one of the 64 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18

Girls often get married because of pressure from parents and relatives, poverty and lack of alternatives. Limited access to quality education and families’ prioritization of boys’ rather than girls’ education–in part because of limited job opportunities–contribute to perpetuate the practice.

Child marriage has devastating consequences. Married girls face health risks—including death—due to early pregnancy, are usually forced to quit education, sink deeper into poverty, and are at greater risk of domestic and sexual violence. If child marriage continues at this rate, by 2050 there will be 1.2 billion women alive who married as children. There’s no time to waste— It is time something was done!

Let’s empower our sisters, daughters and girls in our communities for a better tomorrow

 

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