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The human costs of child marriage are well known; around the world, child brides are, on average, less educated, poorer, and more prone to sexual violence than women who marry later in life.Simply put, the world cannot afford to allow child marriage to continue.In Indonesia, for example, where the economic impact of child marriage is negatively affecting long-term growth forecasts, President Joko Widodo has vowed to outlaw the practice, a significant pledge in a country where 14 percent of girls are married before their 18th birthday.But in most countries where child marriage is prevalent, change is not occurring fast enough.In Niger, which has the world's highest rate of child marriage, 76 percent of girls are married before they can vote. And wherever child marriage occurs, girls often have little say in the decision.Governments are starting to make strides in reducing rates of child marriage; in fact, the number of girls married as children each year is declining.
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