Ground-breaking investigations and prosecutions are underway in some European countries against people accused of torture, beatings, and kidnappings in Syria and Iraq. These cases are made possible by the arrival in Europe of both victims and suspects in the context of the refugee crisis.
15 million girls marry before age 18 each year. Child marriage has devastating consequences. Married girls face health risks—including death—due to early pregnancy, are usually forced to quit education, sink deeper into poverty, and are at greater risk of domestic and sexual violence. If child marriage continues at this rate, by 2050 there will be 1.2 billion women alive who married as children. There’s no time to waste—demand an end to child marriage on October 11, International Day of the Girl.