Addressing Early Marriage of Young and Adolescent Girls

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©Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG),
Author/Publisher: Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG),
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Girls in many resource-poor countries often have little choice about whom or when they marry. According to an assessment conducted by UNICEF n 2005, among women ages 15 to 24, 48 percent were married before the age of 18 in South Asia, 42 percent in Africa, and 29 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean.1 Some girls come from villages where social norms encourage early marriage. Their parents may offer them for marriage early to ensure their virginity or to honor the practice of dowry, which often dictates that a lower “bride price” be
paid to the groom if a bride is younger. Orphans and young girls without involved caregivers are particularly vulnerable to early marriage

 

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