Innocence Lost - Child Marriage in a global context, with a focus on Malawi

The United Nation General Assembly adopted the International Day of the Girl Child in 2011 to recognize girl’s rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Child marriage represents one of those challenges; worldwide an estimated 14 million girls under the age of 18 years get married every year. Every single day, almost 39,000 girls become child brides.

A child marriage can contribute to various risk factors including maternal and infant mortality, sexually transmitted infection and domestic abuse. Malawi ranked 8th of the 20 countries that are considered to have the highest rates of child marriage, with a rate of 50% of girls who marry before their 18th birthday; some as early as 12 years old.

KidsRights would like to share you one of the latest KidsRights reports: Innocence Lost Child Marriage in a global context, with a focus on Malawi. Please click here to download the full report. The report is based on existing research.



Every child has talents. Every child has dreams. The KidsRights Foundation, based in the Netherlands, believes in a world where all children have access to their rights and are enabled to realise the great potential they have within them. The KidsRights Foundation promotes the wellbeing of very vulnerable children across the world and advocates the realisation of their rights. KidsRights sees children as changemakers in this process. On the initiative of KidsRights, the International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who has shown special dedication to children’s rights.




Please note that these reports are hosted by CRIN as a resource for Child Rights campaigners, researchers and other interested parties. Unless otherwise stated, they are not the work of CRIN and their inclusion in our database does not necessarily signify endorsement or agreement with their content by CRIN.