“I had passed my exams and was admitted to join secondary school, but my father said I had to marry a 34-year-old man because he had paid dowry for me,” said Matilda, who married at 14. “My husband physically and sexually abused me.”
15 million girls marry before age 18 each year. Child marriage has devastating consequences for girls, their communities, and even their countries. There’s no time to waste—demand an end to child marriage.