50 million girls will become child brides by 2030. Stand up to stop child marriage!
12 million girls marry before the age of 18 each year — almost one every 2 seconds. Child marriage continues to rob millions of girls under 18 around the world of their childhood. Sign PetitionSign Petition
Early marriage is a violation of children's human rights.
The practice denies girls their right to make vital decisions about their sexual health and well-being. Girls who are forced to marry early are more likely to experience violence, abuse, forced sexual relations, and are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases.
It also forces them out of education and into a life of poor prospects. School gives girls choices and opportunities in life, allowing them to play an active role in their communities and break the cycle of poverty. Girls who are married are unlikely to be in school.
But there is hope as countries begin to stand up and take action. Recently, Malawi made a historic amendment to its constitution to fully outlaw child marriage following a year-long campaign by youth groups and organisations including Plan International.
Now we need more countries to step up and help end child marriage so girls can have a chance to fulfil their potential.
Show your support for ending child marriage around the world!