School closures put girls at risk of early marriage

Tuesday 28 July 2020

by Yolande Wright, Global Director for Poverty Reduction, Climate Resilience, Gender Equality and Inclusion at Save the Children International and Vishna Shah, Regional Head of Advocacy, Campaigns, Media and Communications in West and Central Africa.

Fatamata, 18, took part in testing the roll out of Save the Children's innovative Sexual health and COVID-19 app.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of children all around the world. The crisis has been exacerbating existing inequalities in society – including gender inequalities.

In our recently published Save our Education report, we highlighted that as many as 10 million children are at risk of not being able to return to school after the pandemic – for a range of reasons. One of those reasons will be child marriage – a risk that is extremely concerning. When a young girl is forced into marriage, it robs her of her rights, well-being and future. 

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