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Child marriage is formal or informal union before age 18. It is a violation of children’s human rights and a form of gender-based violence that robs children of childhood. Child marriage also disrupts their education and drives vulnerability to violence, discrimination and abuse.

Despite laws against child marriage, the practice remains widespread: Globally, one in every five girls is married, or in union, before reaching age 18. In the least developed countries, that number doubles—40% of girls are married before age 18, and 12% of girls are married before age 15.

An honor killing or a shame killing is the murder of a member of a family, due to the belief that a girl or woman has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or has violated the principles of a community or a religion with an honor culture.

Typical reasons include:
• divorcing or separating from their husband
• refusing to enter an arranged, child or forced marriage
• being in a relationship or having associations with social groups outside the family that is strongly disapproved by the victim’s family
• having premarital or extramarital sex
• becoming the victim of rape or sexual assault
• dressing in clothing, jewelry and accessories which are deemed inappropriate
• engaging in LGBTQ+ relations

Honor killing is a particularly harmful and disturbing form of the control over girls’ and women’s behavior. It has been taking place for thousands of years, and continues to be practiced globally, particularly, but not exclusively, amongst communities in or from South East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean countries. Honor killing also happens in Western countries, including the United Kingdom and U.S.A.

Child marriage and honor killings are severe human rights violations in which girls and women are enslaved and punished because of their gender. This has to stop.

#ChildMarriage #HonorKillings

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