An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms, launched on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Families in Afghanistan are being forced into debt, “making the difficult decision of using their children as collateral”, says the Chief of Communications for UNICEF in Afghanistan, Alison Parker.
Millions of children around the world are married off before they are ready, often against their will.
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A scheme to help increase girls’ “performance at school” by giving them their own bicycle has just been launched in Tanzania, by the winner of a special UN award.
An 18-year old Indian woman who was trafficked as a child says her personal experience motivated her to fight for the rights of other young girls.
Anoyara Khatun from a village in West Bengal, India recently spoke about her advocacy work at the UN in New York.