Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives

Author
Rachel B. Vogelstein
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Abstract
The practice of child marriage is a violation of human rights. Every day, girls around the world are forced to leave their families, marry against their will, endure sexual and physical abuse, and bear children while still in childhood themselves. This practice is driven by poverty, deeply embedded cultural traditions, and pervasive discrimination against girls. Yet in many parts of the world, this ancient practice still flourishes: estimates show that nearly five million girls are married under the age of fifteen every year, and some are as young as eight or nine years old.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Poverty
Political Geography
United States, North America