India accounts for the highest share of the world's 60 million child marriages. 61% of women in India aged 25-49 are married before the age of 18!
Child marriage is a human rights violation with multiple consequences, such as the end of her education, health risks to her and her children, limited chances of financial independence and ultimately a cycle of poverty and disempowerment.
Ending Child Marriage and investing in girls until they are physically and psychologically ready for marriage will mean healthier families, stronger societies and more vibrant economies. The Marry Me, Later report aims to take action and end child marriage in India by highlighting areas of focus and innovative interventions by some of India's top nonprofits that are ready to scale.