ePhoto: February 2016

Little girls around the world should be playing and learning. Population Media Center's new drama in Nepal will help expand this reality and fight child marriage.

Little girls around the world are playing, laughing, and learning. But for many girls, their time as a child is too short. Every year, approximately 14 million girls are married before they turn 18. Some child brides are married as young as eight or nine years old. Population Media Center works to stop child marriage around the world. When a young girl is given no choice in her marriage partner, her sexual activity, or the path of her life, she is more likely to live in poverty, drop out of school, and suffer poor physical and emotional health.

Girls who give birth before the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than girls in their 20s. Child brides are at increased risk of domestic violence and sexual assault. These girls are not considered equals to their husbands and this hierarchy is amplified by the inherent discrepancy in life experiences, knowledge, and social position that accompanies age and, in this case, gender.

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