According to recent data from UNICEF released on Tuesday about 12 million girls under 18 years of age are getting married every year globally. The newly collated figures signal a 15% drop in the last decade, from one in four to approximately one in five girls.
UNICEF warned that if child marriage continues at the current rate, by 2030 more than 150 million girls across the world will get married before they approach the age of 18.
Anju Malhotra, UNICEF’s principal gender, speaking on this, stated:
“When a girl is forced to marry as a child, she faces immediate and lifelong consequences.
“Her odds of finishing school decrease while her odds of being abused by her husband and suffering complications during pregnancy increase.”
Statistics show that there has been a decrease in the prevalence of child marriages from 50% ten years ago to 30% presently in South Asia.
While Sub-Saharan Africa has also witnessed a decline from the past ten years record of 43% to the present record of 38% the region remains the top the global list of child marriage occurrences.