Global child marriage figures decrease, as reported by UNICEF(+Video)

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Child Marriage

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Child marriage is a formal marriage or informal union entered into by an individual before reaching a certain age, specified by UNICEF as minors under the age of 18.
Marriage before the age of 18 is a fundamental violation of human rights.
Many factors interact to place a girl at risk of marriage, including poverty, the perception that marriage will provide ‘protection’, family honour, social norms, customary or religious laws that condone the practice, an inadequate legislative framework and the state of a country’s civil registration system.

 Child marriage often compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence.
Child marriage also affects boys, but to a lesser degree than girls.
Minors: Tahani (front), 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada (rear), 8, and her husband outside their home in Hajjah, Yemen

Minors: Tahani (front), 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada (rear), 8, and her husband outside their home in Hajjah, Yemen

The practice of child marriage has been decreasing for years worldwide, but more actions are still needed to put an end to the goal for 2030, says a recent UNICEF report.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, several countries have reported significant reductions in this respect and were able to avoid about 25 million child marriages.
 In general, the proportion of women who had to marry before the age of 18 was reduced by 15 percent during the last decade, the statistics point out.

The largest decrease occurred in South Asia – the report adds – while more progress is needed in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to new UNICEF data, the total number of married girls is now estimated at 12 million per year.

 (Taken from Prensa Latina)
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