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Unicef Report reveals: 25 Million Child Marriages prevented in last decade

March 6, 2018:

Increasing rates of girls’ education, proactive government investments in adolescent girls, and strong public messaging around the illegality of child marriage brought the change.

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On Monday, a Unicef Report stated that from one in four to approximately one in five, child marriages have seen a decline world over in the past 10 years.

Proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15% in the last decade, with south Asia witnessing the largest decline (more than a third, from nearly 50% to 30%) owing largely to progress in India.

Increasing rates of girls’ education, proactive government investments in adolescent girls, and strong public messaging around the illegality of child marriage and the harm it causes are among the reasons attributed to the shift.

Anju Malhotra, Unicef’s Principal Gender Advisor said that,“When a girl is forced to marry as a child, she faces immediate and lifelong consequences. Her odds of finishing school decrease while her odds of being abused by her husband and suffering complications during pregnancy increase”.

She further added that,“There are also huge societal consequences, and higher risk of intergenerational cycles of poverty, any reduction is welcome news, but we’ve got a long way to go”.

The data shows that, total number of girls married in childhood is now estimated at 12 million a year.

The new figures point to an accumulated global reduction of 25 million fewer marriages than would have been anticipated under global levels 10 years ago.

However, to end the practice by 2030 — the target set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — progress must be significantly accelerated. Without further acceleration, more than 150 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030.

Worldwide, an estimated 650 million women alive today were married as children.

While south Asia has led the way on reducing child marriage over the last decade, the global burden of child marriage is shifting to sub-Saharan Africa, where rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically to offset population growth. Of the most recently married child brides, close to one in three are now in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to one in five a decade ago.

New data points to the possibility of progress on the African continent. In Ethiopia — once among the top five countries for child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa — the prevalence has dropped by a third in the last 10 years.

Anju Malhotra stated that,“Each and every child marriage prevented gives another girl the chance to fulfill her potential”.

She added that,“But given the world has pledged to end child marriage by 2030, we’re going to have to collectively redouble efforts to prevent millions of girls from having their childhoods stolen through this devastating practice.”

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