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Published: Thu, October 13, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds: Save the Children

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds: Save the Children

They are also far likely to fall pregnant or be exposed to STIs.

The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Somalia, Mali, the Central African Republic and Chad rounded out the bottom five.

Girls affected by conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises are particularly at risk of being married off, the report found.

Sherry-Rose Wattf, a 20-year-old youth ambassador for Plan International, said that she was saddened by the survey results.

"Spending the day in the handsome country of Malawi has been a moving and inspiring experience for me". It was all misery. "But I am a child raising a child", she was quoted as saying.

"I feel really blessed that I am having a baby". The International Day of the Girl Child aims are to empower women, raise awareness on their rights and implement laws that will prohibit child marriage.

And the UN Statistics Division's The World's Women 2015, states that more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to female genital mutilation across countries in Africa and the Middle East where this specific form of violence against women is concentrated.

The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl (11 October) is Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for girls.

Save the Children's CEO Kevin Watkins said: "Child marriage isn't just a form of discrimination, it's a form of violence".

"The theme of this year's International Day of the Girl revolves around database because girls and young women around the world suffer a lot and it is hardly recorded, this makes the process of policy making hard". U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited Malawi on Monday to celebrate the achievements of the country in implementing a law passed a year ago raising the minimum marriage age to 18.

By working together, we can transform girls' despair into hope, and their dreams into reality.

Even though Malawi has now made child marriage illegal, campaigners have voiced concerns that marriages regulated by custom can occur informally. She has annulled almost 1,500 marriages among her constituents and has developed bylaws with other traditional leaders in order to eradicate all child marriages and gender-related issues.

11th October is known to be as one of the most honourable and important days in the whole world, As this day is remarked as global day of the Girl child and this day also has an worldwide observance day which is declared by United Nations. Some of the countries absent have notable issues, such as Russian Federation, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and China, "where people kill baby girls like housework" according to CNN, and there are over 100,000 children abandoned every year.

Yet the practice persists because some societies view girls as a financial burden while others believe a girl should marry as early as possible to maximize her fertility.

Girl children from Sakthi - Vidiyal participating in the International Day for the Girl Child celebrations in Madurai on Sunday.

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