On a day when we celebrate motherhood, spare a prayer for those who don’t have a choice about becoming mothers. Watch this short video clip from the www.girleffect.org
One in seven girls in the developing world (excluding China) will be married before the age of 15.
If nothing changes, there will be 142 million child marriages in developing countries between now and 2020.That’s 37,000 girls a day.
Child brides have a pregnancy death rate double that of women in their 20s.
One-third of girls in the developing world will be married before the age of 18.
Girls from poor families are nearly twice as likely to marry before 18 than girls from wealthier families.
Half of all first births in the developing world are to adolescent girls.
Medical complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls aged 15 to 18 years old.
Girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20 to 24.