Helen Russell – Marie Claire magazine – Thursday, 7 July, 2011 (originally published 27 June)
10 million girls will be married too young or against their will this year – some as young as five years old.
This ends their chances of going to school and can shorten their lives by leaving them vulnerable to violence, HIV and death in childbirth.
Children in North Africa, South America and parts of Asia are especially vulnerable with one in seven girls forced into marriage before their 15th birthday.
But the problem’s also closer to home, with two million girls in Eastern Europe forced to marry below the age of 18 last year. . .