What will early, forced marriage cost economies in 2030?
The World Bank, with the International Center for Research on Women, release report showing the economic impact of child marriage
LONDON — We know early, forced marriage costs children their future, but it will also cost developing countries trillions by 2030, according to a the World Bank, as reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Child marriage not only puts a stop to girls' hopes and dreams, it also hampers efforts to end poverty and achieve economic growth and equity,” Quentin Wodon, World Bank economist, is quoted as saying by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Early, forced marriage often leads to girl’s dropping out of school. Ending the practice will give more girls the chance to get an education, increasing their earning potential as an adult. It will also reduce the number of children who are stunted because of early childbirth and reduce the population, as girls who marry young often have many children. [reuters.com]
To learn more, visit costsofchildmarriage.org.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada believes children have the right to live, laugh, learn and play. We educate families and communities about the need to end the practice of early, forced marriage. Together with local teams, CCFC has saved girls from early, forced marriage. To read one of those stories, visit ccfcanada.ca/stories.
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