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CHILD MARRIAGE IS Unthinkable for most of us.

Let’s make it that way for all of us.

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Why millions of girls need you:

An estimated 12 million girls under 18 are married each year. That’s nearly one every two seconds.

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.

Child marriage often means an end to a girl’s education.

Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls between 15 –19.

Globally, girls who marry before 15 are 50% more likely to face physical or sexual violence from a partner.

When girls can exercise their right to education, they are less likely to become child brides. Your donation helps us make education more accessible and keeps girls in school.

How does my donation help?

Your donation helps ensure a longer education which means she’s less likely to get married as a child and will have better opportunities for the future.

Donate today and help #EndChildMarriage

What is Plan International Canada doing?

Informing communities on the importance of girls’ education.

Ensuring children are registered at birth. Without registration, girls can’t prove their legal age.

Supporting girls’ access to vocational skills training.

Supporting youth-led groups that promote children’s rights in the community.

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  • Informing communities on the importance of girls’ education.

  • Ensuring children are registered at birth. Without registration, girls can’t prove their legal age.

  • Supporting girls’ access to vocational skills training.

  • Supporting youth-led groups that promote children’s rights in the community.

Meet three girls who are defying child marriage

Amrita

Amrita, Nepal

In rural Nepal, child marriage is common. But when Amrita’s parents approached her about a prospective groom, she refused. “I won’t marry unless I am 20 under any circumstances. I do not want to get married before completing my education.”

Keya

Keya, Bangladesh

In Keya’s community, early and forced marriage is common – but she refuses to be another statistic. “I want to complete my studies and then think about marriage.” Through karate, she’s also encouraging other girls to stand up for their rights.

Nurul

Nurul, INDONESIA

In Nurul’s village, it is believed that girls who don’t marry by 15 are destined for a life of misery. Nurul is determined to end this myth and is raising awareness about child marriage to help keep girls in school.

About Plan International

Founded in 1937, we are one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, we have only one agenda: to improve the lives of children.

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Where your money goes

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82%
Support programs benefiting children and families.
18%
Administration, operating and fundraising costs.