Int’l Rights Group Wants ‘Child Marriage’ End

 According to global statics 15 million girls married before reaching the age 18 each year. The consequences of child marriage are ruinous, a Human Rights Watch dispatch noted.

As a result of this situation, the rights group said married girls face health risks—including death—due to early pregnancy. They are usually forced to quit their education, and they sink deeper into poverty and are at greater risk of domestic and sexual violence.

If child marriage continues at this rate, by 2050 there will be 1.2 billion women alive who married as children.

In Nepal, a growing number of children are choosing to elope, often to escape deprivation or abuse. In Bangladesh, local officials accept bribes to fake the age of child brides. In Tanzania, married girls can be expelled from school and pregnant girls are often forced to drop out.

Child marriage has devastating consequences for girls, their communities, and even their countries. There’s no time to waste — demand an end to child marriage.

SOURCE: Human Rights Watch

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.