Factors that put a girl at risk of early marriage are poverty, gender inequality, lack of safety, and social and cultural traditions. The perception that marriage will provide protection to girls and maintains the family’s honour also increase the likelihood of child marriage. Although child marriage is illegal in many countries, traditions and religious laws often overrule national legislation. By result, child marriage is widely practiced.
Safe and empowering environments where girls feel supported by their families, their school, their community and the local government, and where joint efforts for sustainable economic improvement are being made, provide girls and young women the possibility to choose for a better future: Her Choice.