Child Marriage

A Harmful Practice That Must End

Child marriage sentences 64 million girls around the world to a life of 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.

Defending Her Rights

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

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. Together we can end child marriage.



Share the facts about child marriage.

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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Make the Connection!

Violence is a cause and consequence of child marriage.


Did you know?

Girls who marry early face a host of health risks from HIV to malnutrition to maternal death.

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


Check It Out!

See a snapshot of our work to end child marriage.




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

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Married life at age 12 wasn’t for Eleni. 

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


“I want to make sure girls have their rights and are not forced into marriage. What are you going to do?” 17 year-old Farwa asks UN delegates. Read The Article

When I first met Genet, it was hard to believe she was actually 13. She was incredibly small physically - no taller than my 7-year-old son -- and intensely shy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 12, 2013) - The poverty-fighting organization CARE thanks Congress for including major provisions to address child marriage globally in the...


Every girl forced out of the classroom is a girl we have failed. Ask your members of Congress to support the Education for All Act today!

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