How to End Child Marriage: Action Strategies for Prevention and Protection

Younger girls are particularly vulnerable to being married to men who are significantly older or men who have multiple wives. Wide spousal age gaps are far more customary in countries with high rates of child marriage than in countries with lower rates. Large age differences between husband and wife may intensify a young bride’s lower status and lack of power, increasing the likelihood that she will experience violence and health risks, including HIV.

Length: 
6 pp.
Year: 
2006
Organization: 
ICRW
Languages: 
English