Child Marriage

Vows of Poverty

What are the top 26 countries where girls are more likely to get married than attend school? 

Defending Her Rights

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at risk and keeps them mired in poverty.

What Does Education Have to Do With Marriage?

In many countries a girl's education is not prioritized. Often, these girls are married by the time they're 12 or 14, and are expected to start having children at the age of 16.

Help Her Look Forward to a Brighter Future

Marriage should be a time for celebration and joy – unless you are one of the 64 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18.

Imagine the life those girls — who are 7, 10 or even 16 years of age — endure. Child brides have a diminished chance of completing their education and are at a higher risk of being physically abused, contracting HIV and other diseases, and dying while pregnant or giving birth.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Please join CARE in helping bring an end to this gross human rights violation that puts the lives of 39,000 more young girls at risk every single day. CARE works towards gender equality, women's empowerment, champions among men and boys, and an end to violence against women. Together we can end child marriage.



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Steal These StatsIf trends continue, 142 million children will be married by 2020. #stealthesestats @care
Steal These StatsAlmost 39,000 girls become child brides every single day, often married to much older men. #stealthesestats @care
Steal These Stats1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday. #stealthesestats @care
Steal These StatsGirls who complete secondary school are 6 times less likely to become child brides. #stealthesestats @care

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The Tipping Point

Digging Up The Roots To Replant The Future


TESFA: Supporting Married Adolescents

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Girls Not Brides

Learn about the partnership


What Causes Child Marriage?



Up to 60% of girls without education are married by age 18. 

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Learning from the Tipping Point

What Has the Tipping Point Initiative Learned So Far?

The Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Child Marriage

Learn the staggering facts about child marriage.

Ending Child Marriage Via Education

See how CARE's work in girls education helps to keep girls out of early marriage.

She Was Almost a Child Bride

Voices From the Familes of SHOUHARDO

Nine Years Old and Married

Tino was forced to marry her dead sister’s husband. She was only 9 years old. 

Wedded to an Education

"I am so happy the TESFA project came to my village. Without it my life would never have been my own, but now I have a better chance at being happy," says Eleni smiling from ear to ear.


“Vows of Poverty” report identifies countries where more girls marry before age 18 than enroll in secondary school; CARE calls for greater support of adolescent girls to...

Boys married as young as 7 suffer trauma, now growing into key allies against child marriage. 

In Nepal, boys as young as 7 are forced to marry. Marrying off the young boys are common in poor, predominantly Hindu communities there. The reasons are just as complex...


Tell your Member of Congress you won't stand for child marriage or other forms of violence against women and girls.

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