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Child Marriage Won’t Be Eliminated for 300 Years Unicef Warns

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Unicef has released a new report on the state of child marriage across the globe. In the report, Unicef noted that while there has been a reduction in child marriage in the past ten years, we are still a long way from the goal of eliminating the practice by 2030.
The lead author of the report Claudia Cappa told The Guardian, “The good news is that child marriage has been declining all over the world. In the last 10 years, the percentage of child marriages has dropped from 23% to 19%.”
However, Cappa pointed out that “more than 12 million girls under 18 still getting married every year. So, if things don’t change, we’ll need around 300 more years to eliminate child marriage completely.
UNICEF describes child marriage as “any formal marriage or informal union between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child.”

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