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Each year, 12 million girls are married before they turn 18. That is 22 girls every minute whose childhood, dreams and education are cut short. The numbers are almost unfathomable: 650 million women and girls alive today were married as children – some organizations put this number as high as 700 million, or just under 10% of the global population.
Join us on Thursday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m. ET for a roundtable discussion with a panel of industry experts as we discuss this tragic form of gender-based violence.
There are many factors at play when a child ends up in an early or forced marriage. Most commonly, girls from marginalized communities, often in fragile or conflict-affected settings are the most at risk with poverty, gender inequality, tradition, limited access to education and socially normalized perceptions of protection all contributing to what is at its core, a fundamental violation of human rights.
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