The Hidden Epidemic: Child Marriage in Russia

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The Hidden Epidemic: Child Marriage in Russia

Child marriage remains a prevalent issue affecting millions of young girls globally, including in Russia. Despite awareness-raising efforts and legal enforcement against child marriage, young girls in Russia continue to be coerced into marriage at a young age, often against their consent.

The Reality of Child Marriage in Russia

Child marriage in Russia is not just a rare occurrence but a widespread hidden epidemic, with around 14% of girls being married before the age of 18 according to UNICEF. This alarming statistic indicates that many young girls in Russia are deprived of their childhood and forced into marriages prematurely.

Cultural and traditional beliefs that prioritize early marriage for girls, especially in certain regions, contribute significantly to the prevalence of child marriage in Russia. Girls are often viewed as commodities that can be traded for economic gain, perpetuating poverty and gender inequality while subjecting young girls to abusive and oppressive cycles.

The Impact of Child Marriage on Girls

The consequences of child marriage on young girls in Russia are devastating, affecting their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Forced marriage at a young age increases the likelihood of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and early pregnancies for these girls. Additionally, they are often denied access to education and healthcare, further perpetuating poverty and inequality.

As Alice Walker famously stated, “We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” This quote underscores the necessity of taking action and speaking out against injustices, particularly in the context of child marriage in Russia, to advocate for the rights of young girls facing forced marriages.

Efforts to Combat Child Marriage in Russia

Despite the prevalence of child marriage in Russia, there are ongoing efforts to combat this harmful practice. The Russian government has introduced laws and policies aimed at protecting young girls from forced marriages, although proper enforcement remains a challenge, leaving many girls vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Human rights activist #Nada_Alahdal‘s words echo the sentiment that “Every girl has the right to choose her own future. We must stand together to end child marriage once and for all.” This serves as a call to action for the global community to unite in safeguarding the rights of young girls and ensuring that they can lead lives free from coercion and violence.


Child marriage remains a hidden epidemic impacting the lives of young girls in Russia. It is imperative for individuals to collectively oppose child marriage and advocate for the rights and protection of these vulnerable girls. By working together, we can strive to eradicate this harmful practice and empower every girl to determine her own future.


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

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