Child marriage is a global epidemic. A UN report on child marriage — released on the first-ever International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012 — paints a grim picture:
1 in 3 girls in developing countries are married before age 18.
1 in 9 girls are married before turning 15 years old.
Today, more than 67 million women ages 20-24 were married as girls.
And, every year, 14.2 million more girls are forced into marriage.
If we don’t stop the trend now, 142 million children will be married by 2020.
And that figure will grow to 151 million in the subsequent decade.