This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage
LONDON (TrustLaw) - Child marriage destroys the innocence of millions of girls around the world and perpetuates a cycle of poverty, ignorance and discrimination, campaigners say.
An estimated 10 million girls under the age of 18 are married each year, often without consent and sometimes to much older men, according to the children’s charity Plan UK.
For videos, articles, info-graphics and blogs on the subject, see our special multimedia report, Child Marriage: Denying girls' rights, perpetuating poverty.
Here are some more links with information and background on child marriage.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Child marriage condemns millions of girls to poverty - Lisa Anderson, TrustLaw
Ban child marrias to prevent birth injuries - UN - Emma Batha, AlertNet
Too young to wed: the secret world of child marriage - Stephanie Sinclair, Pulitzer Center
Child marriages persist in rural India - Asian Tribune
Kenyan parents defend marrying off young girl - Katy Migiro, TrustLaw
Changes suggested to stem Afghan child marriages - The Insider, Boston University School of Public Health
Tiny voices defy child marriage in Yemen - New York Times
Child marriage appears on Turkish parliamentary agenda - Hurriyet Daily News
India child marriage rules ignored - CBS News
VIDEOS AND PICTURES
Too young too wed - the secret world of child brides - Stephanie Sinclair, National Geographic
Child marriages in Pakistan - UNICEF TV
Breaking Vows – a global report on child marriage - Plan UK
Child marriage and forced marriage - Forward UK
FACTS, FIGURES AND CONVENTIONS
Facts and figures about child marriage - International Centre for Research on Women
Compiled by Georgina Hoffman and Astrid Zweynert