Child marriages on decline but 12 million girls still married every year
AVA- Child marriages are declining, with the largest drop in South Asia, according to UNICEF.
Ten years ago, a South Asian girl's risk of getting married as a child was about 50%, but now that has fallen to about 30%. A UNICEF release Tuesday attributed the progress in India to increasing rates of girls' education, government investments and public messaging around the illegality of child marriage.
"Any reduction is welcome news, but we've got a long way to go," said Anju Malhotra, UNICEF's principal gender adviser.
Even with the declines, 12 million girls are married in childhood every year, according to UNICEF.