The Impact of Empowering Education on Child/Forced Marriage

January 01, 2014 Photo Gallery 
Forced Marriage, Awareness, Empowerment

Every year, an estimated 14 million girls worldwide under 18 are married without their consent. This practice – child/forced marriage – increases a girl’s vulnerability to health risks, domestic violence and poverty. It also severely limits her access to education and economic opportunities. Tostan, an international NGO headquartered in Senegal, works with communities to share factual information on hygiene and health, human rights and democracy. Tostan also teaches skills in literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and project management, among other topics. Their three-year holistic education program enables communities to make connections between child/forced marriage and its harmful consequences, providing them with a basis to abandon the practice.


Topics: Forced Marriage, Awareness, Empowerment

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