The Ford Foundation, in partnership with the Girls Not Brides campaign, has recently shared their child marriage interactive map, and partner index of Girls Not Brides member organizations. The map is linked to the recent article from Time magazine titled, “Why Is It So Hard to Combat Child Marriage?”
The website examines 30 countries with the highest rates of child marriage, and offers some alarming statistics: “Across the developing world, more than one-third of girls are married by age 18, and one in seven is married by age 15, with devastating effects on girls’ health, education, earning power and independence.”
Once on the website, viewers have the option to view country statistics by marriage age, maternal mortality rates, early childbearing, secondary education, and legal age of marriage. A separate page with links to each Girls Not Brides partner organization is also available.
Girls Not Brides is a campaign focused on bringing a voice to girls and strengthening civil society group efforts on a local, regional, and global level. It is made up of over 100 partner organizations with the goal of ending child marriage and protecting the rights of girls around the world.
For more information, please check the Ford Foundation’s Youth Sexuality and Rights page.
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