Global Resources

A girl's right to say no to marriage: working to end child marriage and keep girls in school

Author: A. Davis, C. Postles, G. Rosa
Publisher: Plan International
Publication Date: Jan 2013

One in three girls in the developing world are married by their eighteenth birthday. Despite being prohibited by international human rights, child marriage continues to be a violation of children’s human rights. This report by Plan International focuses on the importance of education in preventing child marriages. It follows by discussing the barriers young girls face in attaining education, and the steps that are needed to tackle this issue. Finally, it calls on the support of governments and international organisations to ensure that national legislation prohibits child marriage. Furthermore, the report advocates for providing access to quality primary and secondary education, as well as comprehensive sexual health education to young girls.