The Number Of Child Brides In Africa Could Reach 310 Million By 2050
UNICEF estimates current social norms and a booming population could cause the number of child brides in Africa to double.By Melissa Prax | November 28, 2015
The number of child brides in Africa isn't expected to decrease like in other parts of the world. It's expected to get worse. UNICEF estimates the current number will more than double by 2050.
That's 310 million child brides. Compared to the '90s, today's proportion of child brides has reduced by 10 percent. Africa's population is on the rise, which is part of the issue along with social norms. This causes a cycle of early pregnancies, possible domestic abuse and a breeding ground for diseases like HIV. (Video via BBC)
Lack of education and proper skills for employment causes child brides to be coerced into dependency and social separation. Some African countries don't have a minimum marriage age, and if a young girl is married, she is usually considered an adult. (Video via Safe Hands for Mothers)