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Forced Early Marriage

Early marriage is the marriage of children under the age of 18, while forced marriage occurs when one or both of the parties do not willingly enter into the marital relationship. Both are forms of violence against girls. Health and Childbearing: Women and girls in early and forced marriage are significantly suceptible to STDs, including HIV/AIDS. Although they are monogomous within their marriage, their husbands are usually older and sexually experienced and create serious risk for their young wives. Pregnancy is another serious risk to young brides whose bodies are not prepared for childbirth. Girls ages l0-14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20-24, while girls ages 15-19 are twice as likely to die. Education: Early and forced marriage interrupts education, creating lost opportunity, social isolation, and dependence. Studies show that a higher median age at first marriage directly correlates with higher rates of girls in school. Violence: Because forced and early marriages are based the power of one spouse over the other, they are more likely to become violent. Rape is common in these marriages.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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  • Deleted user.

    12 February 2015 at 00:08
    There's a great article and video by the New York Times on child brides in Guatemala: http://goo.gl/kZRIsZ

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