Girls not Brides, India
Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday and more than one in three (about 250 million) entered into union before age 15. South Asia is home to almost half (42%) of all child brides worldwide; India alone accounts for one third of the global total.
Of the world’s 1.1 billion girls, 22 million are already married. Hundreds of millions are at risk, and the number will only grow as the population increases.
Child marriage is a manifestation of gender inequality, reflecting social norms that perpetuate discrimination against girls.
This is a photographic story on the programs of education and prevention UNICEF India has put into place, together with local NGOs (such as Urmul and Prayasam), government and village leaders, particularly in the regions of Rajasthan and West Bengal.