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67 million: The number of women 20-24 years old who were first married or in union by age 18 in the developing world was 67 million in 2009

World Fit For Children Goal: End harmful traditional or customary practices, such as early and forced marriage, which violate the rights of children and women 

In the developing world, about 67 million women aged 20–24 were married or in union by age 18.

Child marriage is a violation of child rights, compromising the development of girls and often resulting in premature pregnancy and social isolation. Despite international commitment to change, many societies and communities continue the marriage of their young daughters and sons due to strong social pressures at the community level. 

Source: DHS, MICS and other national surveys 2000-2009. 

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/files/ChildProtection__from_violence_exploitation_abuse.pdf,
p. 3

https://www.unicef.org/sowc09/docs/SOWC09-FullReport-EN.pdf, p. 33



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