Nine countries have in recent years made positive changes in their laws that protect children from marrying before reaching adulthood, yet experts say the world is far from seeing the phenomenon go away.
Between 2015 and 2017, Chad, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Panama and Zimbabwe have increased the minimum marriage age for children to 18, shows a new report put together by the World Bank, Save the Children, the Global Partnership for Education and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.
Child marriages gained new international attention this past week as an international conference in Senegal examined the issue, including strategies to curb to reduce the number of minors being married off.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense