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Child marriage

Child marriage is a global problem that affect millions of children, mostly girls, across the world. Child marriage has numerous adverse effects on the overall well-being of children who are mentally, psychologically, emotionally and physical unfit for married life. It constitutes a violation of child rights and must be abolished. It deprives those involved of education and health services, the chance to learn skills and to develop their personalities.

Since girls are more likely to marry young than boys, and illiterate girls are significantly more at risk of child marriage; Save the Children works with gender transformative programmes that are focused to enroll and retain girls in schools.

Ending child marriage requires the joint effort of all organisations from community level to national and global level. Save the Children works in networks and in collaboration with different stakeholders and sees child marriage as a crosscutting issue that should be mainstreamed into all development work. A reduction in child marriage, FGM and sexual violence will reduce the levels of maternal and infant mortality due to under-age pregnancies and unsafe pregnancies and delivery.

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