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Problems Attributed to Child Marriage

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Poor health, early death, and lack of educational opportunities lead the list of problems attributed to child marriage.

  • Child brides have a double pregnancy death rate of women in their 20s.

  • In developing countries, the leading cause of death for young girls between the ages of 15 and 19 is early pregnancy.

  • Additionally, from having babies too young, child brides are at an extremely high risk for fistulas (vaginal and anal ruptures).

  • The babies of child brides are sicker and weaker and many do not survive childhood.

  • Child brides have a higher risk of being infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

  • These young girls are at an increased risk of chronic anemia and obesity.

  • Child brides have poor access to contraception.

  • These young girls have a lack of educational opportunities.

  • Being forced into an early marriage creates a lifetime of poverty.

  • Statistically, child brides have a higher risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and murder.

The Problem of Early, Forced Marriage

Solutions and Programs to Prevent Child Marriage

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