Child marriage: further reading

by Astrid Zweynert | azweynert | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 2 August 2011 11:25 GMT

Child marriage destroys the innocence of millions of girls around the world and perpetuates a cycle of poverty, ignorance and discrimination. Here are some links with information and background about the subject.

This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage

LONDON (TrustLaw) - Child marriage destroys the innocence of millions of girls around the world and perpetuates a cycle of poverty, ignorance and discrimination, campaigners say.

An estimated 10 million girls under the age of 18 are married each year, often without consent and sometimes to much older men, according to the children’s charity Plan UK.

For videos, articles, info-graphics and blogs on the subject, see our special multimedia report, Child Marriage: Denying girls' rights, perpetuating poverty.

Here are some more links with information and background on child marriage.


Child marriage condemns millions of girls to poverty - Lisa Anderson, TrustLaw

Ban child marrias to prevent birth injuries - UN - Emma Batha, AlertNet

Too young to wed: the secret world of child marriage - Stephanie Sinclair, Pulitzer Center

Child marriages persist in rural India - Asian Tribune

Child marriage ‘violates rights’ - BBC News

Kenyan parents defend marrying off young girl - Katy Migiro, TrustLaw

No end to child marriages in Rajasthan- IBN

Tell congress to stop child marriage around the world -

Changes suggested to stem Afghan child marriages - The Insider, Boston University School of Public Health

Tiny voices defy child marriage in Yemen - New York Times

Child marriage appears on Turkish parliamentary agenda - Hurriyet Daily News

India child marriage rules ignored - CBS News



Archbishop Tutu fights against child marriage in Ethiopia - BBC NEWS

Too young too wed - the secret world of child brides - Stephanie Sinclair, National Geographic

Child marriages in Pakistan - UNICEF TV

Child brides: stolen lives - PBS

 India - a child marriage hub: UNICEF

Polygamy and child marriage in Northern Nigeria



Breaking Vows – a global report on child marriage - Plan UK  

“Girls Not Brides: the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage" - The Elders

Child marriage and forced marriage - Forward UK

Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse - UNICEF



United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

U.N. Millennium Development Goals

Facts and figures about child marriage - International Centre for Research on Women


Compiled by Georgina Hoffman and Astrid Zweynert


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