Child Marriage

NEPALIS
10000

mostly women and girls, are trafficked to Indian every year

CHILD BRIDES
1000000

Nepal is home to 5 million child brides. Of these, 1.3 million married before age 15

GIRLS
0 %

in Nepal are married before the age of 18

Child marriage remains a significant challenge in Nepal, affecting the lives and futures of many young girls. Despite legal frameworks aimed at preventing this practice, cultural, economic, and social factors continue to drive high rates of child marriage in various regions of the country.

Education changes everything

Education can play a crucial role in preventing child marriages in Nepal for several reasons:
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Empowerment and Awareness

Education empowers young girls with knowledge about their rights and opportunities beyond marriage. It helps them understand the legal, social, and health implications of child marriage, making them more likely to resist it.
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Economic Opportunities

Education opens up better economic opportunities. Educated girls are more likely to seek employment and contribute financially to their families, reducing the economic pressures that often lead to early marriage.
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Delaying Marriage and Childbirth

Education is correlated with delaying marriage and childbirth. Girls who stay in school longer are more likely to marry at an older age and have fewer children, contributing to better health outcomes for both the mothers and their children.
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Changing Social Norms

Schools can be platforms for changing social norms. They can promote gender equality and challenge traditional beliefs that prioritize marriage over education for girls. Educated individuals are more likely to support these changes within their communities.
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Legal Knowledge

Education provides knowledge about the laws prohibiting child marriage. Awareness of legal repercussions can deter families from marrying off their daughters at a young age.
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Health Benefits

Educated girls are more aware of health issues, including the risks of early pregnancy and childbirth. This knowledge can discourage early marriages, which often lead to serious health complications.
Community

Community Development

When girls are educated, entire communities benefit. Educated women are more likely to raise educated children, breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting overall community development.
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Policy and Advocacy

Educated individuals are better equipped to advocate for policy changes and participate in governance. They can push for stronger enforcement of laws against child marriage and support initiatives aimed at keeping girls in school.

How do we tackle child marriage in Nepal?

Addressing child marriage in Nepal requires strengthening legal frameworks, enhancing education and economic
opportunities for girls, and engaging communities to shift social norms. Efforts should focus on raising awareness,
enforcing laws, and improving registration systems, while providing access to education, vocational training, and health
education. Advocacy for political commitment, effective monitoring, and international partnerships are crucial. Successful
interventions like conditional cash transfers, community dialogues, and media campaigns combine legal, educational, and
community-based strategies to create sustainable change.

Every $50 donation can make a significant impact—funding a leadership workshop for two students or providing ten meals at our Nepal center.

We also offer a PenPal and a mentorship program that pairs a girl from our Nepal center with a sponsor.

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