Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, May 8, 2017

Child Marriage

From CBS News:

It's a moment of "unprecedented attention" for child marriage around the world. Those words come from a 2016 Human Rights Watch report, which estimated that one in three girls in the developing world marries before the age of 18. The topic has slowly moved to the front burner of the global development agenda, and the United Nations has set a goal of eliminating child marriage by the year 2030. 

But as the issue of child marriage gains visibility around the world, many Americans remain unaware of the problem in their own backyards, activist Fraidy Reiss told CBS News. 

"We cannot solve the child marriage problem globally if we don't first solve it here in the United States," said Reiss, the founder and executive director of the organization Unchained at Last.

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Child marriage problem, world over, mostly is the result of poverty and lack of proper education. In lots of developing countries, parents marry off their girls early to have one less mouth to feed and also some times not to miss out on a boy from a well to do family.

Posted by: Dan Winster | May 8, 2017 7:52:56 PM

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