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Denied equality

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Normal is girls denied equality

‘Normal’ for too many girls means experiencing roadblocks that challenge their power, freedom and equality as they enter womanhood. Child marriage is an extreme roadblock and rights violation that impacts girls’ education, health and future.

Plan International Canada works to advance equality for girls by supporting and empowering youth to Defy Normal and stand up for their rights to help end child marriage. With your help, change is possible, and it can start today! Test your knowledge and learn more about child marriage.

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Millions of girls are being denied their rights

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Millions of girls are being denied their rights

clock Nearly every 2 seconds a girl under 18 is married
num girls have become brides today.

Nearly 1 in 5 girls in the world are married before 18.

Child marriage can lead to early pregnancies. Approximately 2 million girls under 15 become pregnant every year.

Marrying before 18 can increase the risk of HIV infection in girls.

At current rates, more than 150 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030.


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  • 1 in 5 girls in the world are said to be married before 18.

  • Child marriage can lead to early pregnancies. Approximately 2 million girls under 15 become pregnant every year.

  • Marrying before 18 can increase the risk of HIV infection in girls.

  • At current rates, more than 150 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030.

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Test your knowledge about child marriage

Child Marriage Stories

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5 surprising reasons why child marriage happens

Things like climate change and conflict have a direct link to the prevalence of child marriage. Read the full story to find out the other surprising reasons.
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The kidnapped child brides of Vietnam

Hundreds of girls have disappeared in remote areas of Vietnam. They are being kidnapped by traffickers; Dinh was one of them but she managed to escape.
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Education as a tool to end child marriage

Nearly 50% of all girls in Mozambique become child brides. See how we’re using education to empower girls to decide their own futures.
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What we’re doing

We stand with youth who are demanding change in their communities and amplify their voices. Around the world, we work to improve access to quality education and facilitate peer-to-peer support groups that raise awareness about children’s rights and promote gender equality.


how your donation helps

Your donation helps keep girls in school and an education is the best weapon we have in the fight to end child marriage. An education helps girls decide their own futures.

 

About Plan International

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Together, we can create a world where all unleash their full potential.

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Where your money goes

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81%
Support programs benefiting children and families.
19%
Administration, operating and fundraising costs.