The Many Costs of Child Marriage

Ending child marriage could return more than $4 trillion to the global economy, according to a new study publications by the World Bank and the International Center for Research on Women.

15 million girls are married every year—putting good education and jobs out of reach for many. The practice also leads to increased population growth; data from 15 countries with high child marriage rates show that girls married at age 13 will have 26% more children than if they married at 18 or later.

Globally, the rate of child marriage is declining, but every 3 seconds a girl under 18 gets married.

Source: The Guardian

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