Child marriage isn’t just about a wedding day; it holds girls back for the rest of their lives. It means that girls usually drop out of school and soon start a family. It denies them opportunities that would create a better life for them and their family. It prevents them from contributing to their communities Every year 1 million girls worldwide are married under the age of 18.
In South Sudan, it is estimated that 52 per cent of girls are married before age 18 and 9 per cent are married before age 15.While in Western Equatoria state, at least 5 out of 10 girls are either married before the age of 18 or impregnated before the age of 15.
If there is no reduction in child marriage, 1.2 billion girls will marry as children by 2050 worldwide – equivalent to the entire population of India.