This report is a call to decision makers, parents, communities and to the world to end child marriage. It documents the current scope, prevalence and inequities associated with child marriage. This document argues that child marriage jeopardizes girls’ rights and stands in the way of girls living educated, healthy and productive lives. Furthemore, early marriage also excludes girls from fundamental decisions, such as the timing of marriage and choice of spouse. Not to mention that all of the effects of early marriage put girls more at risk of contracting HIV and other STIs. The report calls on governments and other agencies to end early marriage. The article says that social norms that legitimize early marriage need to change in order for there to be any real improvement, and in order to help countries reach the Millenium Development Goals. Thus, programs and policies should be designed accordingly.
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