THE IMPACT OF CHILD MARRIAGE
On average, one in three girls in Tanzania is married before they turn 18. In rural areas, some girls are married as young as 11.
The consequences of child marriage can be very serious – lasting a lifetime. Girls who marry young will often be forced to drop out of school and abandon their education. They’re more likely to have children before their young bodies are ready, and to be subject to violent abuse.
Stand with young people
"From the first day I held my younger sister in my hands, I felt a responsibility. The community is ready to make a change."
- Upendo, 24
Meet Youth For Change advocates Upendo and Aidan, and find out why they’re standing with brave girls to make child marriage illegal in Tanzania.
Natalie Dormer says NO to child marriage
Actor Natalie Dormer, star of Game of Thrones, lent her support to the campaign after visiting Tanzania. During her trip she met Khadija, left, whose dreams of becoming a teacher were shattered when she had to get married.
How you made change happen in Malawi
When we stand with girls around the world, we know we can make change happen.
In 2016, more than 42,000 of you signed a petition to end child marriage in Malawi – and it worked. In 2017, the government agreed to change the Constitution, closing a loophole that made it legal for children to be married.
By signing our petition, you've taken a vital step to helping brave girls and young people change the law in Tanzania, too.