Child marriage kills over 60 girls every day

“Each year millions of people are forced into marriage with men who are often much older, denying them the opportunity to continue learning, to be children and, in many cases, to survive. "

The organization Save the Children published on Sunday, on the occasion of the international day of the girl, a rapport global campaign on girls' childhood, including their rights in times of crisis. According to the estimates of S, more than 22 girls die each year from pregnancy and childbirth.

“Child marriage is one of the most serious and deadly forms of sexual and gender-based violence against girls,” says Janti Soeripto, President and CEO of Save the Children.

According to him, “every year millions of people are forced to marry men who are often much older, depriving them of the opportunity to continue learning, to be children and, in many cases, to survive. ".

“Childbirth is the number one killer of adolescent girls because their young bodies are not ready to bear children. The health risks of children with children cannot and should not be ignored. "

According to the report, the rate of child marriage is highest in West and Central Africa. These regions alone account for almost half of all estimated deaths from child marriage globally, or 26 deaths per day, 9600 per year. South Asia, meanwhile, records 2 child marriage-related deaths each year.

The Covid-19 pandemic has only worsened the inequalities that promote child marriage, whether it is the closure of schools, health services in difficulty or the increased precariousness of families.

Save the Children expects an additional 10 million girls to marry by 2030. The organization calls on governments to make girls' voices heard and ensure the rights of all girls.

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