Early marriages in Afghanistan

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 Fatima Imam Baksh
In Afghanistan, families have offered daughters under the age of 20 for future marriage in exchange for a dowry.UNICEF partners recorded 183 child marriages and 10 cases of child trafficking between 2018 and 2019 in Herat and Baghdadi provinces alone… The agency estimates that 28 % of Afghan women between the ages of 15 and 49 were married off before reaching their 18th birthday. Afghanistan’s dire economic situation is pushing more families into poverty and forcing them to make disappointing choices, such as employing children and marrying young girls.UNICEF is working with partners to raise awareness in communities about the dangers for girls if they get married at an early age. Early marriage can lead to lifelong suffering. Girls who get married before the age of 18 are less likely to stay in school and are more likely to experience domestic violence, discrimination, abuse and poor mental health. There are also more complications in childbirth. The whole future of a generation is in danger.

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