Prying Open the Child Marriage Trap

Poverty, culture and a belief that a girl’s life goals should be marriage and motherhood drive Nepal’s child marriage rate, which is among the highest in the world.

10% of Nepalese girls are married before turning 15; more than 40% before 18. Nationally, the average age a girl weds is 17.

The Nepalese government is committed to ending child marriage by 2020 by ensuring girls have access to quality education—including sex education, and skills training for those married and out of school—ultimately increasing their economic opportunities.

The Guardian

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