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Get the Facts about Child Marriage

Child marriage is prevalent in many developing countries, putting girls at risk for serious economic, health and educational problems. Girls who marry young are more likely to live in poverty, experience violence at home and much less likely to continue attending school

ICRW is working toward ending child marriage worldwide.  ICRW is working with U.S. legislators and administration officials to promote policies and fund programs that are targeted to reduce child marriage. Based on years of research by ICRW staff and our partners, ICRW has created an advocacy toolkit to inform people about the high human costs of child marriage.

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From child marriage advocacy toolkit


ICRW Material on Child Marriage

Child Marriage Photo Essay

Photo Essay: Child Marriage In Their Own Words

Child marriage toolkit cover

Too Young to Wed: Advocacy Toolkit

Child marriage policy brief cover.

Too Young to Wed: Seeking Policy Solutions

Too Young to Wed cover

Too Young to Wed: The Lives, Rights and Health of Young Married Girls


Turning the Tide of Early marriage in ethiopia

Leslie Calman, vice president of external relations, led a delegation of congressional staff, faith-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations to Ethiopia to explore the causes, consequences and promising solutions to reduce child marriage. Here is an excerpt of her experiences:
Power of Education
Realizing the need to provide schooling where educational opportunities for girls are scarce, a community-based school, funded in part by USAID, runs a club for teenage girls, none of whom are married. Many of these girls have older sisters who were married at 8, 9 or 10. The school's curriculum, its caring faculty and an organized women's association protect these girls from child marriage.

In another village, a new community organization recently built a one-room schoolhouse to educate boys and girls. Teru, a 14-year-old girl who attends the school, confidently spoke of the transforming power of education. On behalf of her fellow students, she shared how learning had awakened a newfound pride and exhilarating awareness of new possibilities for them and their community.

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