Why we need to end child marriage

Every year, 12 million girls are married before they turn 18. That’s one girl married every 3 seconds, robbed of her future and put at risk of violence, ill health and trapped in poverty.

But change is possible. When grassroots organizations work with girls and their communities, they can delay the age of marriage and provide alternatives for girls.

Every girl has the right to a safe and healthy future, including the right to choose if, when and whom to marry.

Facts of the Matter

  • 1 in 5 girls in the world is married under 18.
  • Girls who marry before the age of 15 are almost 50% more likely to have experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner than women who married after 18.
  • Over 60% of women (20-24) with no education were married before 18.
  • If current trends on child marriage continue, 120 million more girls will be married in childhood by 2030.

Where the Money Goes

Every dollar raised supports girls

100% of the funds raised support grassroots efforts working to ensure girls can create their own futures. In 2019, 150 community organizations in six countries received grants dispersed through our sister organization, the Girls First Fund. Ninety percent of the grants were made to young women and women-led organizations. With 12 million girls married each year, more funding is needed to support girls.