Child marriage is a widespread phenomenon which endangers the healthy development and wellbeing of girls and young women all over the world. Each year, 12 million girls get married before the age of 18. Her Choice aims to build child marriage-free communities where each girl is free to decide if, when and whom she marries. Where this will be Her Choice.
- Every day 33,000 girls get married
- 1 in 5 girls worldwide will marry before the age of 18
- This was 1 in 3 in the 1980s – so the number of child marriages is declining
- 90% of teenage pregnancies take place within marriage; complications during pregnancy and delivery are the second leading cause of death among 15 to 19-year-olds