Essay about Children : The Harmful Practice Of Child Marriage

1401 Words Jan 8th, 2015 6 Pages
One Day Flower Girl, Next Day Bride : The Harmful Practice of Child Marriage
At the age of twelve, most girls are in the sixth grade and still think boys have cooties. However, some girls in developing countries are being married and are considered an adult at this young age. Child marriage is marriage before the legal age of 18. It significantly affects more girls than boys and girls usually marry much older men. Although child marriage is not prevalent in the United States, it does affect many developing countries around the world. Statistics and facts show that child marriage is an extremely harmful practice (UNICEF). Not only is child marriage harmful to those involved but it is also harmful to countries where it is prevalent. This paper will explore the laws on child marriage, where they most commonly occur, why they occur, why they are so harmful, and how we can stop them from happening.
Most countries around the world agree that the legal age of adulthood is 18. These countries also agree that marriage before the legal age of adulthood is against the law. The International Declaration of Human Rights states that, “men and women of full age are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending parties” (International Humanist and Ethical Union). However, many people in these countries have found ways around this law. It is legal to be married with…

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