Ending Child Marriage

Project Expert

Rachel Vogelstein

Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

About the Project

Every day, girls around the world are forced to leave their families, marry against their will, endure sexual and physical abuse, and bear children while still in childhood themselves. Yet, child marriage is not simply a human rights violation; it is also a threat to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and undermines U.S. development and foreign policy priorities. Child marriage perpetuates poverty over generations and is linked to poor health, curtailed education, violence, instability, and disregard for the rule of law. Its effects are harmful not only to girls, but also to families, communities, and economies—and to U.S. interests—around the globe. My working paper, Ending Child Marriage, argues that this practice merits a higher place on the U.S. and international agendas. In op-eds, interviews, and roundtable meetings, I further explore the available data on child marriage and the approaches that best work to combat it.