Humanity is failing 39,000 girls every day who are forced into child marriages. 1

Take a second to let that sink in.

And remind yourself that it's 2018.

Governments who sideline the issue are failing them.

And people who turn a blind eye and treat it like someone else's problem are failing them too.

But what if we could turn humanity's failure into positive change?

We want everyone who fails The Humanity Test to act now.

Share the test and help us #drawaline to end child marriage.

What is child marriage?

Child marriage is any formal marriage or informal union where one or both parties are under 18 years of age.

It is fuelled by poverty and tradition, and is a manifestation of ingrained gender inequality that perpetuates discrimination against girls.

The marriages rob girls of their education, health and long-term prospects.

How common is it?

Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday. Around 250 million before they turned 15. 2

Child marriage is most common in Africa and Asia, but is an issue all around the world.

In the United States, 248,000 children were married between 2000 and 2010. 3

What is being done to end this?

UN Women are taking a stand, lobbying national governments and helping countries to develop action plans to end child marriage. 4

By working with local communities, UN Women are changing attitudes and practices that discriminate against girls.

UN Women are helping to rehabilitate child brides, giving them better access to schooling, employment and health information and services.

Help us #drawaline to end child marriage and donate today.

References & Links

Real identities have not been used for protection purposes; some images do not contain the young women whose stories have been told. Amina's story Tahani's story Stella's story 1UN Women 2UN Women - Source Is Every Child Counted? Status of Data for Children in the SDGs, UNICEF, 2017 3Girls Not Brides 4Joint press release by UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, World Vision, Girls Not Brides, Every Woman Every Child, World YWCA and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Thursday, March 7, 2013