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CHILD MARRIAGE, ITS CAUSES AND EFFECT – ENOCH ABRAHAM

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CHILD MARRIAGE

Child marriage is a union, formal or informal, between an adult and a child under certain age, typically age 18, both vary across countries and therefore the marriageable age may be older or younger in a given country.

The child can be a girl or a boy, the large majority of it are between young girls and men. Globally over 12 million girls are married under the age of 18 yearly according to 2002 to 2010 research.

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CAUSES AND EFFECTS

Child marriage is related to child betrothal and it includes civil cohabitation and court approved early marriage after teenage pregnancy.

Long term Consequences for child brides.

To the girl bride, in addition to mental health issues and a lack of access to education and career opportunities. This includes adverse health effects as a result of teenage pregnancy and childbirth, and a lack of access to career opportunities.

Effects of child marriage on boys.

Being ill-prepared for certain responsibilities such as providing for the family, early fatherhood, and a lack of access to education  and career opportunities are basically the effects on the groom.

Causes.

Child marriages are common throughout history. Child marriage still exist in countries such as Niger, Chad, and  Mali.

cultural tradition, poverty, illiteracy, social pressures, regional customs and the fear of the child remaining unmarried are the most causes of child marriages

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