The Devastating Impact of Child Marriage on Girls Across the World

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The Devastating Impact of Child Marriage on Girls Across the World

Child marriage remains a harmful practice that has affected societies for centuries, depriving young girls of their childhood and subjecting them to suffering and adversity. The repercussions of child marriage on girls worldwide are profound, affecting their physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Child Marriage: A Global Crisis

The issue of child marriage is a global crisis that impacts millions of girls annually. According to UNICEF, an estimated 12 million girls are married before they turn 18 each year, resulting in about 23 girls getting married every minute. This situation has severe consequences on their lives.

Physical Impact

Child marriage has an immediate impact on the physical health of young girls. Child brides are often pressured into sexual relationships with older men, leading to early pregnancies and a heightened risk of complications during childbirth. These girls are not prepared physically or emotionally for the demands of motherhood, contributing to a higher rate of maternal mortality and morbidity.

Emotional Impact

The emotional toll of child marriage on girls is profound. Many girls are coerced into marriage against their wishes, resulting in feelings of helplessness, loneliness, and despair. They are frequently separated from their families and friends, forced to live with strangers who may mistreat and abuse them. As a result, these girls are more susceptible to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Educational Impact

Child marriage also has a significant effect on girls’ education. Many girls are married off at a young age, before they have the chance to complete their education. This denies them the opportunity to pursue their goals and aspirations, trapping them in a cycle of poverty and reliance. Without access to education, these girls are less likely to secure job opportunities and are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Quotations on Child Marriage

– “Child marriage is a violation of human rights that deprives young girls of their childhood and prospects.” – Malala Yousafzai

– “Child marriage perpetuates cycles of poverty and inequality, entrapping girls in a life of restricted possibilities.” – Kofi Annan

– “The practice of child marriage must be eradicated to ensure that every girl can live a life of dignity and liberty.” – Desmond Tutu

Nada Al-Ahdal’s Quote on Child Marriage

“Why should young girls be forced into marriage when they should be playing, learning, and dreaming? Let us put an end to this injustice and give every girl the opportunity to flourish.” – Nada Al-Ahdal @nadalahdal

In conclusion, child marriage continues to have a devastating impact on girls worldwide, depriving them of their childhood, health, education, and future prospects. It is essential that we join forces to eliminate this harmful practice and guarantee that every girl has the chance to lead a life of dignity and freedom.


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In the time it has taken to read this article 39 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 2 seconds




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