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Call For Action Against Child Marriages

by | Fri, Oct 14 2022

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International aid agency World Vision is calling for urgent action to prevent more than 110 million girls being forced into child marriage by 2035.

It has released a new report titled Fighting for a Future that has tracked the opportunities of young girls in 40 low and middle income countries including the 20 with the highest rates of child marriage.

It predicts that more than half the girls in countries with the lowest opportunity levels will be forced into child marriage.

Education is the single biggest indicator of a girl’s opportunity and of her reduced risk of child marriage.

A child that lives within a country with the lowest education opportunities is 60% more likely to be a child bride.

World Vision wants governments and donors to address all facets of girls’ opportunities

CEO Andrew Morley says: “Child marriage robs girls of their God-given potential in an instant, forcing them into a life of heart-breaking abuse and violence.”

He says the charity’s staff are on the frontline right across the world empowering and protecting children, teaching them their rights, and ensuring they stay in school.

“I have seen for myself how equipping children themselves to change community attitudes is so successful.”

Dana Buzducea, World Vision’s Partnership Leader for Advocacy and External Engagement told Premier Christian News that believers can make a difference.

“It will be amazing if we as Christians can join in prayer to stop the evolution of this alarming number of child marriages around the world. If we can pray for governments’ wisdom so that they do prioritise investing in protecting children to prevent child marriages from happening in the first instance.”