Working Together , We shall ensure we End Child Marriages. About 12 million girls are married every year – that’s 23 girls every minute.
Child marriage is a global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, and religions. UNICEF estimate that around 650 million women and girls alive today were married as children, and unless we accelerate our efforts, that number will reach 800 million girls by 2030.
As we enter the Decade of Action, world leaders must act to develop and fund multisectoral, holistic responses to child marriage at the national and sub-national level.
COVID-19 restrictions have put an estimated 13 million more girls at risk of child marriage by 2030. Civil society organisations working with local communities are key actors in addressing the needs of adolescent girls during health crises. Governments and donors must provide flexible funding to support local-level work to end child marriage and empower adolescent girls.
Adolescent girls must sit at the heart of decision-making to ensure policies and programmes are shaped by those most affected by the issue of child marriage.
Let’s make a difference by ending Early Child Marriages.