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Every 2 Seconds, a Girl is Forced to Marry.

If we don’t act now, more than 150 million girls will become child brides by 2030.

Child marriage is a human rights violation, robbing girls of their childhood; forced into adulthood before they are physically and mentally ready. Girls married before the age of 18 are more likely to experience physical, sexual and domestic violence. They become isolated with their freedom curtailed and are much less likely to stay in school.

But a child bride’s greatest danger by far are complications during forced pregnancy – the world’s number one killer of girls aged 15 to 19 – when their young bodies are not physically mature enough.

Plan International is taking action to empower girls to claim their rights and continue their education. We’re challenging deeply rooted gender inequalities and social norms and ensuring that girls are involved in the process. We can end child marriage.

Will you join us? 

“I told them she was too young to get married”

What you’ve just read was said about 11 year old Atou’s* marriage to a man three times her age.
But, incredibly, they aren’t the words of a campaigner, or aid worker – they were said by Aicha, Atou’s mother. However, Aicha was unable to help, “if I opposed the marriage, I would lose my home”.

At just 15, Atou is now divorced but already the mother of three children that she has to care for on her own.

Atou was married at 11 to a man three times her age.
Atou, 15 outside her home

Atou’s situation is agonizingly far from unusual. Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world, with 76 per cent of girls married before the age of 18 and 28 per cent married before they turn 15.

See Atou’s story.

*Name has been changed to protect identity

What You Can Do

Every day, economic uncertainty, conflict, COVID-19, and more are unravelling decades of progress toward gender equality. When girls are forced to marry their futures are being written for them.

Your gift to Plan International will help end child marriage by letting girls rewrite their futures for themselves. 

Here’s what that means: you’ll be keeping more girls in school, where they belong. You’ll be preventing child marriage and rescuing girls from trafficking. And you’ll be telling girls that their futures matter — and that they’re in charge of their own lives.

Your donation will help:

  • Deliver cash support to vulnerable households to protect girls from early marriages
  • Prevent girls from dropping out of school in 50 countries
  • Protect girls from violence, sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Provide girls continued access to sexual & reproductive health information and services
  • Provide handwashing facilities, hygiene kits and health information in at least 30 countries

Please give now and start a better future for girls today.

See Our Impact

See more stories about the girls who, with your help, managed to fight child marriage.

I Divorced My Husband to Finish My Education
Zainab got married when she was 17 years old and gave birth to her first daughter Mashallah a year later. Read her story. Read more
Meet the 12-year-old Who Stopped Her Marriage
When Yekaba’s sister told her their parents were planning to marry her off, the then 12-year-old was determined that early marriage wouldn’t be her fate. Read more
Married at 12, Yakoura is Determined to Stop Her Sister From Experiencing the Same Fate 
The now 20-year-old Yakoura had to experience what one in every 5 girls experience globally. She was forced to get married at only 12 years old to an abusive man three times her age. Read more