Articles 1 and 2 of the United Nations Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery akin forced marriage to slavery. Forced marriage is an institution or practice where individuals don’t have the option to refuse or are promised and married to another by their parents, guardians, relatives or other people and groups. Early marriage is the forced marriage of a child, usually defined internationally as an individual under the age of 18.

Want to help? Learn about the organizations dedicated to fighting forced child marriage.

Breakthrough (global)

CARE (global)

Egyptian Foundation for the Advancement of the Childhood Condition -- part of CRIN

Forum for African Women Educationalists (Tanzania)

Forward (UK)

Girls Not Brides (global)

Girl Up (USA) -- part of the United Nations Foundation

Humanium (global)


Saarthi Trust (India)

Save the Children (Nicaragua)

Seya (Yemen)

The Coexist Initiative (Kenya)

Knowledge Hub on Child Marriage (India)

Vasavya Mahila Mandali (India)

World Vision (Bangladesh)


For more information about forced marriage, please click here.

Forms of Abolition:

Forms of Slavery:
Forced Marriage