Monday, October 18th, 2021

Child marriage claims the lives of more than 60 girls every day worldwide, with 6 girls dying every day in South Asia, according to a new report

According to a Save the Children research, every year 2,000 children die as a result of child marriage in South Asia, followed by 650 deaths in East Asia and the Pacific and 560 deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Save the Children report

According to a new analysis, child marriage claims the lives of more than 60 girls every day around the world, with six girls dying every day in South Asia. The study also claims that over an estimated 22,000 girls per year die from pregnancy and childbirth as a result of child marriage.

Child marriages in South Asia

2,000 child marriage-related deaths occur every year in South Asia (or six per day), according to a report by Save the Children, followed by 650 deaths per year in East Asia and the Pacific (or two per day), and 560 deaths per year in Latin America and the Caribbean (or nearly two a day).

Approximately 22,000 girls die each year as a result of pregnancy and childbirth as a result of underage marriage, according to estimates. Child marriage claims the lives of more than 60 girls every day around the world, with 6 girls dying every day in South Asia, according to the research.

Child marriages in West and Central Africa

In contrast, West and Central Africa has the highest prevalence of child marriage in the world and is responsible for nearly half (9,600) of all estimated child marriage-related deaths worldwide, or 26 deaths per day, according to UNICEF.

Child marriage, according to Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children International, is one of the worst and deadliest kinds of sexual and gender-based abuse against girls in today’s world. pregnancy is the number one killer of teenage girls because their bodies aren’t ready to bear children when they are young. Every year, millions of girls are forced into marriage with men who are often much older than they are, depriving them of an opportunity to continue their education, be children, and, in many cases, survive. The health hazards associated with youngsters becoming parents must and must not be overlooked.

Girls must be given top priority by governments, who must also ensure that they are protected against underage marriage and premature childbirth-related mortality. Girls must have a voice in decisions that affect them if they are to achieve this, according to Ashing..

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