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WMC Exclusive: Letting Girls Be Girls—A Global Campaign

This week in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum will highlight a drive by The Elders to end the practice of child marriage.

Every year, all over the world, 10 million girls are forcibly married before the age of 18, many as young as 12 years old. That is more than 25,000 girls a day. “I knew that there was an institution of child marriage,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. “But I was devastated to discover how widely it occurs, and on such a huge scale.” Tutu is a member of an organization called The Elders, which has announced an ambitious goal to stop this abuse of girls “in one generation.” Click here to read the entire article

 

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