This report explores the causes and harmful consequences of child marriage globally, with a special focus on our region and Australia. Child marriage occurs on an alarming scale around the world, including in many parts of the Indo-Pacific region – at least 14 million girls under the age of 18 marry every year globally. It is a practice that is showing no signs of stopping: an estimated 140 million girls are expected to become child brides this decade if current rates continue.

Plan International Australia Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region