An Unwanted Life
Forced Child Marriage
Forced child marriage is when one or both of the couple is forced to marry without consent under the age of 18.
Where and Who
- “3,000 cases were reported across 47 states in the span of just 2 years” (Alanen).
- According to Khalid Manzoor if trends continue more than 120 million girls will be married off before they turn 18, by 2030.
- according to Khalid Manzoor the number of girls and woman associated with forced child marriages globally reaches over 60 million.
- 1 in 3 girls are married off before 18, stated in Welcome to Girls Not Brides
- “In Pakistan 61% of the population of woman are married starting at age 15” (Nasrullah).
- Forced child marriage slows down the overall development of the girls and increases the risk of abuse and violence from the male to the young women.
- It also limits resources, social skills and mobility (Manzoor).
- Young girls are forced into rapid repeated child birth, meaning the girl must have a child as soon as 24 months after their last one, explains Nasrullah.