Ending child marriage in South Asia: a regional action plan

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In the time it has taken to read this article 81 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

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Melissa Upreti

Center for Reproductive Rights

Melissa Upreti is the Regional Director for Asia at the Center for Reproductive Rights. For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfil."

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