Early marriage, also referred to as child marriage, is when a child under the age of 18 is given in matrimony. Such marriage customers are quite widespread in the cultures of many nations throughout South America, Oceania, Asia and Africa, as well as in some areas of Europe.
Family in the UK
- 28 May 2013
Imagine being a young child and having your genitals cut off with scissors, a razor or a knife without anaesthetic, for no reason other than to control you and rob you of your ability to feel pleasure.
- 22 April 2013
Approximately 20,000 young women from the UK and France are considered to be ‘at risk’ for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a painful and unnecessary act of violence that robs them of their ability to feel any sexual pleasure as well as causes serious complications to their health.
- 25 February 2013
Discussions of child brides are often couched in gentle language and talk of culture and tradition. The reality is much harsher than that. The fact is that 70,000 child brides die every year due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Because their bodies are not fully matured, girls younger than 15 are five times more likely to die during childbirth than women in their twenties.
- 23 January 2013
Over the next 10 years, more than 100 million girls will be married against their will in developing worlds. While the practice of child marriage is against the law, countries in Southern Asia and Africa lack the enforcement to protect young people. While some are boys, the majority of those affected are girls.