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24/09/2014

How Empowering Girls Can Help End Child Marriage

Auteur : Millennia2025

Source : International Center for Research on Women

 

How Empowering Girls Can Help End Child Marriage 

Child marriage — defined as any formal or informal union where one or both parties is below the age of 18 — is a human rights violation and an impediment to global development. The practice is perpetuated by a range of social, economic, cultural and political factors that vary significantly from one context to another, and is most common in rural and poor communities as well as within strongly patriarchal societies. And while every region of the world is impacted by child marriage, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are home to the majority of the world's child brides.

 

Although both girls and boys are affected by child marriage, far more girls are married as children: 720 million women alive today were married as children, compared to 156 million men. Around one in three girls in the developing world today is married before her 18th birthday, which amounts to more than 14 million girls every year.

 => Direct link to the 32 pages report:
http://www.icrw.org/files/publications/More%20Power%207%20pages%20Web.pdf

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