Mixed results in the fight against child marriages

More than two decades of work to reduce the rate of child marriages has produced mixed results, a new study has found.

Researchers from the University of California found a decline in the number of marriages of girls aged 14 years and under since 1991. However, the marriage rate for girls aged 16-17 has remained largely unchanged.

Data was collected from numerous demographic, health and nutrition surveys taken between 1991 and 2007 and focussed on India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, where almost half of the world’s child marriages occur.

Read more at University of California, San Diego