Casey Foundation Africa

Why is child marriage a problem? ​

Child brides neither are physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers. They face more risks of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, contracting HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence. 

With little access to education and economic opportunities, they and their families are more likely to live in poverty.

Isolated and with limited freedom, married girls often feel disempowered. They are deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety.

Child marriage also violates children’s rights to education since when a girl gets pregnant or gets married her chances of going back to school become so thin. 

Child marriage keeps girls poor by depriving them of opportunities, education, and access to paid employment.

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