Document Type



Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)


Child marriage is a human rights violation that robs a girl of her childhood, puts her health, growth, and development at risk, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities for empowerment and social development, and increases her risk of exposure to violence and abuse (for a review of the evidence on the negative effects of child marriage on girls and their children, see Parsons et al. 2015, in this issue). While child marriage is not mentioned specifically in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention does contain a provision requiring governments to abolish “traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children” and calling on them to protect children from “all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse”(art. 4). In addition, child marriage relates to other children’s rights, such as the right to express their views freely, the right to protection from all forms of abuse, and the right to be …


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

The Review of Faith & International Affairs