FORCED EARLY MARRIAGE
Globally, it is estimated that approximately one-third of girls living in the developing world (excluding China) are married before age 18. These millions of girls are defined as "children" by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In most instances, child marriage marks an abrupt initiation into sexual relations, often with a husband who is considerably older and a stranger. At the age of marriage, girls have few social connections, restricted mobility, limited control over resources, and often little decision making power in their new households. The “Hot Spots" of child marriage in Africa (both West and Northeast) and South Asia are the countries and communities with the highest proportion of child brides.
Sauti Yetu's work preventing forced early marriage include but are not limited to the following areas: