In Hong Kong, we can always see girls going to schools happily. For them, marriage is a distant thing. Hong Kong people tend to marry late. The average ages of marriage for men and women are 30.9 and 27.7. Marriage is supposed to be one of the most important and happiest moments in life. However, there is another group of girls in the world who have already been wives and mothers. They are being robbed of their childhood and future and their lives are miserable.
Child marriage is a violation of children’s human rights. Despite being prohibited by international human rights law and many national laws, child marriage is still a widespread issue in the world.
Child marriage refers to any marriage – whether under civil, religious or customary law, and with or without formal registration – where either one or both spouses are children under the age of 18.
Latifa was very sad when she was forced to marry her husband.
|Country||Rate of Child Marriage|
|Central African Republic||61%|
*Source: UNICEF global databases, 2021, based on Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and other national surveys, 2014-2020
Around the globe, girls face the double discrimination of their gender and age.
18 years old Senzeni with her three-week-old baby Hannah.
International studies have shown that the most effective ways to fight against child marriage include:
Plan International’s work covers all aspects of the above to help more girls get rid of child marriage.
It is a blessing to live in Hong Kong! Shall we show care and love to girls in developing countries? You can help to change their future! You can: