Girl Child Marriage
More than 10 million girls marry as minors each year. Most of these girl child marriages occur in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, disproportionately affecting girls living in poverty, conflict, and without education. Our research documents that such early marriages increase girls’ risk for reproductive health concerns, violence from husbands and in-laws, and maternal and infant mortality. Using scientific evidence, we are supporting development of advocacy, policy and programmatic approaches to eliminate this global health and human rights concern.