Child brides face huge challenges due to their situation. They are deprived of their fundamental rights to health care and education. With few economic opportunities, they and their families are more likely to stay trapped in the cycle of poverty.

  • One out of two Malawian girls will be married by the time they are 18
  • 20 - 30% of all maternal deaths in Malawi are adolescent girls
  • 1 in 5 women in Malawi has been sexually abused before the age of 18

UN Women works towards ending forced child marriage in countries all over the world by:

  • Making its negative impact clear to the public
  • Investing in education for girls
  • Collaborating with local governments and influential leaders to terminate child marriages
  • Increasing the minimum legal age of marriage to 18 years

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