Child marriage is any formal marriage or informal union where one or both of the parties are under 18 years of age. Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 – that is 23 girls every minute or nearly one every two seconds.
During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, test your knowledge and see how much you know about child marriage by taking our quiz.
Child marriage is a global violation of human rights that can be found in cultures, religions, ethnicities and countries around the world.
Zonta International has committed US$2,000,000 to UNICEF USA to support the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage in 12 countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.
The Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage brings together governments, civil society, families and young people in a collective effort to prevent girls from marrying too young and to support those already married as girls.
Learn more about this initiative at https://foundation.zonta.org/EndingChildMarriage or make a donation to support Zonta's efforts to end child marriage.