According to a report by Save the Children, one girl child is married every seven seconds, which triggers a “cycle of disadvantage,” depriving the girls of the most basic rights to learn, grow and enjoy their childhood. The girls, who get married at an early age, are vulnerable to a host of other problems including domestic violence, abuse, rape and sexually transmitted infections.
The report, entitled Every Last Girl, estimates that the number of women married in childhood will rise from 700 million today to around 950 million by 2030, writes the BBC. The report, which ranked countries on the basis of the hardest place to be a girl depending on parameters such as schooling, child marriage and teen pregnancy among others, found conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises to be the key factors that leave girls exposed to child marriage.
While Sweden ranked as the best country for young females, Niger occupied the bottom spot in the 144-country list, reports NBC News. The U.S., which has relatively high rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality when compared to other countries in the same income bracket, ranked 32 in the list.
Low-income countries in sub-Saharan region find place in the bottom twenty of the list, notes Newsweek. The report also highlights a few positives such as Rwanda, which has the highest proportion of women M.P.s in the world despite being a weak economy.